Now that fall is upon us, the weather is changing to a cooler, more manageable temperature. The wind is blowing, the leaves are changing color, and the sun is setting earlier. Even though the long awaited fall is here, this weather change can cause some people to get sick. From this time of year until around Christmas, sickness spreads like wildfire. The best thing to do to keep yourself on the healthy side is to take some extra precautions when out and about this fall season.
Using Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizer can be your best friend when it comes to shielding yourself from sickness. Do you find yourself opening doors, touching buttons, or touching/being around various other objects that several people may have already touched? Squeeze a little hand sanitizer on your hands and eliminate those germs. However, use your germ-killer sparingly. Hand sanitizer can dry out and crack skin, plus using too much of it can actually help germs develop an immunity to germ-killers. Use hand sanitizers only when necessary.
Although it seems obvious to say, sleep is a healer. Not getting enough does much more than just make you tired. Running off of little to no sleep destroys your immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness. No matter what is going on in your life, try your best to sleep at least 7 hours a night, and avoid getting a nasty cold.
Keep Your Diet Healthy
What many people don’t realize is that maintaining a healthy diet does more than keep your body looking and feeling fit. It keeps your immune system strong as well. Foods like yogurt, oats, garlic, shellfish, tea, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms are wonderful immunity boosters! If you keep what you ingest healthy, then things that are unhealthy won’t have any room to come in.
If you have followed these tips and still find yourself coming down with something, don’t fret; you still have time to ward off your developing sickness. First, eating plenty of ginger, garlic, and onions in your meals can help eliminate viruses. Secondly, drinking hot beverages, as well as adding Emergen-C into your water helps fight off any unwanted visitors. Lastly, if nothing else seems to be working, you can “pull out the big guns” and gargle with hydrogen peroxide. Sounds a bit bizarre, yes, but this liquid was made to kill bacteria. Gargle with it until the liquid becomes foamy in the back of your throat, and then spit it out. Just make sure not to swallow it!
No matter what is thrown your way this fall season, you have the power to ward off sicknesses and keep yourself happy and healthy. Keep germs, bacteria, and viruses out, and let the beautiful fall festivities in!