Winter is coming… and no it is not as bad as Game of Thrones. But with the cold months, often come winter chills and ills. Here are our 6 tips for beefing up protection against winter colds and flu.

What the are common illnesses usually associated with winter?

The most common illnesses that anybody, especially children and the elderly, get during the winter months are viral respiratory infections. These may include coughs, colds, the flu, Streptococcal Pharyngitis or strep throat, as well as gastroenteritis. These may be attributed to a weakened immune system during the cold weather as well as a wide spread of viruses.

Tips to help prevent colds and flu

There are a few simple tips that may be helpful to prevent you or your child from getting sick this season.

Wash your hands

Always wash your and your child’s hands. The hands are the fastest way to spread germs, so by keeping them clean, you can help prevent spreading viruses. Always remind yourself and your child to wash hands thoroughly and regularly with the use of a mild, yet effective antibacterial soap especially after using the toilet or before eating.

Stop rubbing your eyes and nose

It is also wise to teach your children to stop touching or rubbing their eyes and nose. This will prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria directly to the bloodstream by passing through the mucous membrane.

Cover your mouth

Always cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing as this is a sure fire way to spread diseases. It is an old trick that is always in fashion. Cover it preferably with a tissue or the crook of your arm to save having to constantly wash your hands.

Eat well

There is definitely value in eating correctly. It may be a cliche, but eating healthy foods including lots of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and antioxidants will definitely support your immune system. This helps you recuperate quicker in times of illness. Foods and products that are high in Vitamin C, as well as garlic, are proven to be most effective.

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Exercise for immunity

Establishing a daily exercise routine is important for many reasons. But modern day technology has pulled us and our children away from doing activities that will keep our body strong and healthy. We must teach and encourage our everyone to establish a regular exercise routine. It does not only boost immunity, it also improves in our mental and physical wellbeing.

Catch some zzz’s

Get a lot of rest. Sleeping provides the perfect state for the body to recharge and repair damaged cells. Therefore, there is value in resting and staying in bed whenever necessary. It helps you recover faster in times of illness and recharge in order to fight the bugs.

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