By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern
The holiday season is upon us, which means that it’s time for family gatherings, extravagant decorations, and lots of yummy holiday food. But along with the holiday season also comes another season. Cold and flu season. Here are some tips from an article by VeryWellFit on how to strengthen your immunity this winter!
Maintaining good lifestyle habits is a great, easy way to help keep yourself healthy this winter. Prioritize washing hands well, getting good sleep and nutrition, staying well hydrated and active, and keeping stress levels low. In addition, you can take certain vitamin and mineral supplements to help keep yourself from becoming ill, specifically vitamin C, D, and zinc. Vitamin D is actually a really good vitamin to take to boost your immunity.
But remember, supplements are not magic pills that will ensure that you don’t get sick. So, before you go and buy a stockpile of these supplements, registered dietician Alanna Cabrero suggests stepping back and looking over the big picture first. Make sure that your lifestyle habits are in check, such as your sleep quality, stress levels, and hand hygiene. Also, see if your diet is lacking in any of these vitamins and minerals. If so, then supplementation would be a great option.
Getting sick is never enjoyable, especially during the most wonderful time of the year. So, take some preventative actions this year to help yourself stay healthy!
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