Tips To Avoid Getting Sick Over the Winter


It can be more difficult to fight off illnesses as people age. It takes longer to recover from colds, flu, and other viruses and our immune systems weaken as we age. This can significantly compound illnesses that were previously minor.

We all know that winters in Glenview can get extremely cold. As winter starts heading our way, it’s important to take the necessary steps to stay healthy and protect yourself against illnesses as much as you possibly can. You’ll need to eat right, remain active and avoid situations that may put you at risk of coming down with the flu.

December 4th through the 12th is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Get your vaccinations now! If you or your loved ones haven’t already had your flu vaccine, now is the time to get one. Adults who are over the age of 65 can request a “higher dose vaccine” that will offer even more immune protection and support.

It will take two weeks for the vaccination to take full effect, so keep this in mind when out and about and visiting those who are already sick. Of course, getting a flu shot doesn’t guarantee that you’re not going to get sick. However, it will protect you against some of the varieties of the flu out there and lower your risk.

Rest

Be sure that you give your body plenty of time to rest and recover if you’re sick or feeling ill. When you push too hard, your body becomes stressed and will become weaker and thus not have the immune suppression to fight off even minor illnesses. Sleep is the time that the body heals. It gives the body the recovery time that it requires and allows the body to recover.

Stay away from those who are sick (even if they are your loved ones).

A simple phone call is much better than becoming ill yourself. Limit your exposure to germs, and you’ll stay healthier. Meanwhile, use Skype, FaceTime, or other platforms to keep in touch with loved ones who are ill. By doing this, you’ll help to reduce the spread of germs.

Keep Your Hands Clean

When you have been out in public, you’ve likely come across doorknobs or other common areas which may be a breeding ground for germs. To avoid getting sick, keep your hands away from your face, especially your eyes and mouth, and wash them thoroughly to reduce your chance of coming down with a cold. Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer handy is also a good idea.

Eat Properly

A healthy diet will go far in helping you to ward off germs and viruses. Be sure that your diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean protein. This will help to boost your immune system. If fresh produce isn’t available, frozen will also do the trick to give your immune system a boost. You can even freeze your produce over the gardening season to help preserve fresh vegetables for the winter.

Stay Active

Statistics show that regular exercise will boost the immune system as well. It helps the body sweat out the toxins and germs and keep other illnesses at bay. It will also stimulate the body to manage stress better. Stress can weaken the body. While it’s best to exercise indoors during this time of year due to the cold weather, don’t be afraid to go outside and get some fresh air. Just be sure to bundle up and stay plenty warm.

In-home caregivers can help older people to stay healthy. They can help to prepare meals, grocery lists, appointment scheduling, go with them on walks, and help them to remember to take their medications as required. Caregivers from Always Best Care will offer as much or as little assistance as is required. Give them a call today at 847-730-5930 and let them show you how they can help you with your health for your loved ones.

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