Every year when the temperature starts to drop, cold and flu season makes its way back into our lives. The changes from fall and winter weather don’t seem too drastic in Arizona, but they are enough to throw our immune systems out of whack. Every season, the implications of getting a cold or the flu are different—sometimes they’re easy to manage and other times they’re more severe. For this reason, it’s important to stay up to date with the current season and always take measures to stay healthy.
Since colds, the flu, and other respiratory illnesses are easily spread from person to person, it’s essential to take precautions and live a healthy lifestyle. If you’re sick, stay home from work or school and try to keep your nose and mouth covered when in close proximity to others. The flu is the most contagious during the first three to four days of being sick, but you can still be contagious before your symptoms occur.1 If you notice any signs or symptoms of being sick, call your doctor. In the meantime, there are a few ways to try and avoid becoming a victim of the cold and flu season. Here are some great ways to stay healthy and keep your immune system working its best.
Schedule an IV Treatment
One of the best ways to stay healthy during the cold and flu season is to schedule an IV Therapy session. IV Therapy works with your body to boost your immune system, lessen the severity of your illness, prevent a number of diseases, and more. The numerous benefits of IV Therapy will help you feel your best. It restores hydration and reinvigorates the immune system using an intravenous delivery of nutrients over the course of an hour. For the cold and flu season, we recommend scheduling a consultation before you start to feel sick, but the treatment can also be administered once you’re under the weather. At Dessert Wellness Center, we also offer Vitamin Injections to help you maintain optimal health throughout the year.
Always Wash Your Hands
Since the cold and flu are easily spread and germs are everywhere, it’s important to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Always wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom, and try to avoid touching your face throughout the day.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Keeping your immune system healthy means focusing on health from the inside out. Eat a healthy diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals and do your best to avoid overly processed food and added sugars. Aim to increase your consumption of vitamin E and vitamin C to boost your immune system or consider taking a supplement. Nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables are a great source of vitamin E, while broccoli, oranges, and cauliflower are rich in vitamin C.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated does wonders for your body. When you increase your water intake, you have a lower chance of getting sick. Try to drink more water than you normally would as cold and flu season approaches to help prevent dehydration. If you do get sick, stay hydrated with teas or other warm liquids as they may help reduce the virus spreading or worsening.
You should exercise regularly regardless, but kicking up the intensity will help boost your immune system. Exercise lowers stress, which helps reduce your chances of getting sick and it also strengthens your immune system. Aim for 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise 3-5 times per week.
Prioritize Your Sleep Schedule
Sleep has regenerative powers and should not be taken for granted. Sleep deprivation severely affects your immune system and when you don’t get enough sleep, you will eventually get sick. Try to make sleep a priority and aim for 8 hours every night. Having a consistent schedule will help regulate your body and keep your immune system strong.
Listen to Your Body
If you start to feel like you’re getting sick, listen to your body’s need for rest. Slowing down will help your body use the energy it has to fight off the sickness and keep you feeling your best. If you start to feel worse, call your doctor.
If you’re ready to take control of your health and stay clear of the cold and flu this season, contact the doctors at Dessert Wellness Center today. Our IV Therapy and Vitamin Injections will help you fight off illnesses and keep you feeling fresh. We also have a number of other treatments that can aid in weight loss, boost energy, and even chronic diseases. Contact us today and learn more about our variety of options by calling 480-361-5188.