Besides great pizza and eclectic architecture, Chicago is known for its brutal winters, which happen to coincide with cold and flu season. While you can't completely avoid contact with germs, there are some things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick.
Get a Flu Shot
By now, you've probably been bombarded with ads in the grocery store and on public transit that remind you to get a flu shot. The vaccine offers protection from the current season's most prevalent strain of flu. Even if you do get sick, your symptoms should be much less severe than they would be had you not taken this precaution.
Wash Your Hands
Healthcare providers recommend scrubbing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand-washing is especially important before eating. Additionally, it's a good idea to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible since these areas are great germ conductors.
Exercise helps you manage stress, which improves your well-being overall. Research suggests that regular physical activity enhances immune system functioning, especially in the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to these wintertime ills. Exercise promotes healthy sleep, too.
Get Enough Shut-Eye
While we're on the topic of sleep, it's important to note that getting adequate shut-eye is crucial to maintaining good health. Aim for about eight hours per night.
Watch Your Diet
Eating a healthy diet, especially foods rich in vitamins C and E, can help boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to illness. Sources of vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, and corn and sunflower oils. Citrus fruits, green peppers and broccoli are great sources of vitamin C. Sugar hinders immune functioning, so try to keep your intake to a minimum.
Manage Your Allergies
During cold and flu season, it's vital to keep your allergies under control. If they're wreaking havoc on your body, then your upper respiratory tract is likely inflamed, which makes it vulnerable to cold and flu viruses.
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