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Don’t Fall Sick This Holiday Season!

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You wouldn’t want to fall sick this Christmas would you?

The month of December has finally arrived, and the holiday season is in full swing. However, hectic schedules, stress, lack of sleep as well as temperature fluctuations due to the erratic rainy season can weaken our immune systems and make us older folks more susceptible to falling sick, so here’s a public service announcement to keep you fit as a fiddle for the holidays.

Avoid Close Contact – Flu viruses are spread through the air, so avoiding close contact with people who are sick. And if you’re sick you should keep away from others as much as you can. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing or wear a mask.

Get A Flu Shot – Getting a flu vaccine is a sensible thing to do to prevent seasonal influenza.

Practise Basic Hygiene – It wouldn’t hurt to wash your hands regularly. But if you’re unable to wash your hands for some reason, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer would suffice.

Exercise Regularly – People who regularly participate in moderate exercise have fewer and less severe bouts of colds than people with a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise has the effect of stimulating the immune system and that will definitely help you fight off a potential flu.

Eat Right – Good nutrition is also essential for a strong immune system. Having a balanced diet is necessary as nutritional deficiencies can have a negative effect on your immune system.

Drinks Lots Of Water – Stay hydrated by drinking more water as it helps flush toxins out of your body as well as help your body’s systems function at optimally.

More Rest, Less Stress– You can benefit from more sleep as well as the reduction of stress. Poor sleep habits are associated with suppressed immunity.

By taking these steps, you can improve your chances of celebrating the holidays in good health, as well as start 2015 on a good note!

 

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