October 23, 2022

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System for the Upcoming Cold and Flu Season

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It’s expected that the 2022-23 winter will be a more active flu season than usual, and reports from mid-October are that it’s beginning earlier as well.

In addition to getting a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one already, there are some steps you can take to protect your body as much as possible from the cold and flu viruses that will be transmitted this winter season.

CHC has four ways to boost your immune system in order to stay as healthy as possible.

  1. Get Your Body Moving

Staying active and exercising was found to be the No. 1 lifestyle factor that led to people being less likely to come down with an upper respiratory infection—around 45%, in fact. The key is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise in at least five days a week. Even if you just do a brisk walk or do some heavy yard work, that can be enough to get your immune cells moving.

  1. Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Your body needs seven to nine hours of sleep per night to recharge itself, and if it doesn’t get that sleep, it won’t be functioning as well as it should. That includes the ability to fend off viruses. While some people may be able to do well on less sleep, doctors believe that harm to your immune system is done if you’re getting fewer than six hours of sleep per night.

  1. Keep a Diet of Fruits and Vegetables

Having a diet filled with brightly colored fruits and vegetables will give your body the nutrients it needs to ward off infection. In addition to fruits and veggies, look for foods high in antioxidants, such as tea, coffee, dark chocolate, and grains like buckwheat.

  1. Remember Your COVID-19 Precautions

Making sure you’re vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 along with the flu will give you the best chance to stay healthy, and remember your best practices during the height of the pandemic. Stay home or keep your distance from people when you’re sick, frequently wash your hands, and even consider masking in high-traffic areas like public transportation and medical facilities.

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