According to the CDC, our regular cold and flu season could be making a comeback. It’s hard to predict, since public health officials use infection trends from the previous year to gauge what will happen the next, and the pandemic upended just about everything. Still, with more kids in school, many communities relaxing covid-19 prevention measures, and more people traveling, it’s a safe bet that colds and flus will be making the rounds. Here are five ways to help you and your family stay healthy during cold and flu season.
Sleep is essential for the body and mind, and we need adequate time to fully recharge, recover, and keep our immune systems firing. Adults and children alike benefit from a regular bedtime ritual, which can help calm the mind and prepare for sleep. Plus, this kind of routine can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling more rested and ready for the day. Adults should get at least 7 to 8 hours, and school age children should have 9 to 12 hours.
BE MINDFUL OF NUTRITION
While a healthy diet is always important, be mindful to include lots of vitamin C-rich foods during the colder months. It’s also a good idea to fill up on foods that are rich in natural live cultures, like Greek yogurt, for a little extra immunity against invading bacteria. Supplementing with vitamin D is another good idea, since shorter, colder days mean less sunshine. Here at Dr. McSweeney’s office, we can answer all of your questions about proper supplementation, so don’t hesitate to ask!
WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY
While many of us became much more mindful of hand washing and sanitizing during the pandemic, it’s not a habit we should drop anytime soon. Viruses can live on different surfaces for up to 48 hours, so make a point of washing your hands when you get home from being out, and always before preparing or eating meals.
Keep your energy levels up and your immune system strong with regular exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes every day of movement at the minimum. Incorporating weight resistance training is another great idea.
VISIT THE CHIROPRACTOR
Studies have verified the boosted immune function that follows chiropractic adjustments and shorter lifespans for colds. It’s because of the connection between the endocrine and nervous systems to the immune system. By improving nervous system function through proper movement of the spinal bones, we’re helping the immune system reach optimal function.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Lynelle McSweeney in Reno today, and follow the other tips above to stay healthy during cold and flu season.