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Healthy Habits for Cold and Flu Season

Healthy Habits for Cold and Flu Season

If you haven’t already noticed everyone coughing, sneezing and feeling miserable yet, you will soon because cold and flu season is here. While the arrival of cooler weather in the fall and winter months increase your chances of catching a cold or coming down with the flu, it doesn’t guarantee it. Incorporating some healthy habits ahead of time can help protect you from those cold and flu germs so you enjoy the upcoming seasons illness free!

Get a Flu Shot

The best way to prevent yourself from coming down with the flu is to get the flu vaccine. While flu viruses are detected year-round, activity tends to increase in the fall and winter months. It is recommended that everyone over the age of six months get a yearly flu shot to lower the risk of contracting the flu virus. Many clinics even offer discounted or free flu shots throughout the season to make sure everyone has the opportunity to stay protected and healthy.

Get Moving

Breaking a sweat not only helps you to stay in shape, but it also helps to boost your immune system and keeps your body functioning healthily. Regular exercise accelerates the circulation of white blood cells that help fight off infections. Go for a walk, dance, ride a bike or do whatever you have to do to get your heart racing and fighting off those nasty infections before they start.

Eat Healthy

In addition to regular exercise, it’s also important to maintain a healthy diet. Immune boosting vitamins and minerals found in whole foods are proven to be more effective at preventing colds and flu than dietary supplements. People tend to gravitate away from fruits and veggies in the fall and winter months, which is the opposite of what they should be doing. Try to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your meals this season along with other nutritious foods like whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy products and healthy fats.

Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Power down and catch some z’s. With the weather getting colder and days getting shorter, now is an important time to make sure you keep to a regular sleep schedule to avoid getting sick. Sleep duration and habits directly influence both mental and physical health and sleep deprivation has been shown to have drastic impacts on the immune system. To maintain your health, make sure you get at least seven hours of good sleep each night.

Keep it Clean

Although colds and the flu virus are primarily airborne, its still possible to transfer germs through direct contact. Sanitizing surfaces and items in your home and office space can kill harmful germs in their tracks. Wipe down areas and objects you come into contact with on a daily basis such as your desk, laptop, keyboard, cellphone, countertops and car keys. And, don’t forget doorknobs! To maintain the cleanliness of these surfaces, make sure to also wash your hands so germs aren’t spread back to them or to you.

CTBest Apartments are conveniently located near several clinics that offer free or reduced priced flu shots, as well as local shopping areas to pick up anti-cold goodies. While you’re out, stop by and visit one of our apartment communities in Stamford, Branford or Norwalk. For more information on our available apartments, visit us online at ctbestapts.com or call Desiree at 203- 223-1665.

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