“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”- Buddha

Here we are in mid January…the weather is cold (BRrrRRrrrr) and the germs are spreading like wild fire! We are constantly exposed to germs every day; from pressing the elevator button to touching a stairway’s banister. We have busy lives and important things to do, but what comes first is our health!! We must take care of ourselves. In order to be productive we need to FEEL good and be ready to conquer the world! Below are some tips for staying healthy.

  1. Wash your hands– Viruses are spread easily. Avoid touching your mouth, putting your fingers anywhere near your nose, and rubbing your eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly several times each day, especially before meals. Whenever you come back into your own house, make it habit to wash your hands! Carry a little hand sanitizer with you to kill some germs while you’re out on the go.
  2. Have a healthy diet– Consume foods rich in vitamins C and E. These vitamins are believed to be helpful in supporting the immune system. Vitamin C foods include: orange juice, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, citrus fruit, tomatoes, and peas. Vitamin E foods include sunflower and corn oils, sunflower seeds, nuts, kale, and avocados.
  3. Sleep well!– Lack of sleep may inhibit your immune system. A good night sleep will keep your immune system at an optimal level.
  4. Stay hydrated– FLUIDS, FLUIDS, and FLUIDS! Drinking water will help you to stay healthy. Bring a water bottle with you and encourage yourself to sip on it throughout the day. When you are feeling a bit ‘under the weather’ drinking water prevents dehydration caused by a fever and loosens mucus. In addition, drinking tea when you feel sick or have a cold is very beneficial! There is also some evidence that inhaling steam early in the course of a cold or flu may reduce the spread of the virus.
  5. Work out– Exercise! Exercise is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. Exercise is known to lower stress levels, but research also indicates that exercise can enhance the immune system. In a recent study reported in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, scientists found that modest exercise may prevent the elderly from getting colds and flu.
  6. Listen to your body– If you are feeling sick take it easy and slow! Don’t expose those around you to the virus that you may be coming down with. Wash your hands, get good sleep, and cover your mouth.
  7. Visit the doctor– If your symptoms worsen and your fever begins to rise, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

(Boiron, 2015).

Stay healthy!

Pamela Leibowitz MA CF-SLP TSSLD


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