5 Secret Tips From People Who Never Catch Colds Or The Flu, And Stay Healthy Throughout The Year
Do you have friends, family members, or coworkers who walk around feeling perfectly fine when everyone else around them is down with a cold or flu? We may think that these people are simply lucky, but they may actually have a few habits that keep them healthy during the cold season and all year round.
Below are a few habits that you can pick up to build your immunity and improve overall health:
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
People who eat a few servings of vegetables daily and prefer fresh fruits and berries to cakes and cookies for dessert have a stronger immune system than people whose diet consists largely of foods high sugar, salt, and saturated fats. Pay special attention to foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, blueberries, kiwi, broccoli, and bell peppers to strengthen your immunity.
Sleeping well during the night, plus daytime naps.
At least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is what you need to stay healthy. Sleeping less than six hours a night increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and early dementia. Sleep deprivation also weakens your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to colds, flu, and other infections.
Also, short mid-afternoon naps can give you some extra energy to get throughout the day.
Washing your hands often.
Make a habit of washing your hands right after you come home. It's important to wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly to reduce your risk of spreading germs that sit on your hands and spread to your mouth and nose, which allows them to invade your body and make you sick.
You should pay special attention to washing hands after being in a public transport, before eating and cooking, and after using the bathroom. As you don't always have an opportunity to wash your hands with water, carry a pack of antibacterial hand wipes or a bottle of ethanol-based hand sanitizer in your bag.
It's not exactly clear why, but people who exercise regularly have better-functioning immune systems than those who barely break a sweat. If you're hard-pressed for time, try to fit in short 15-minute exercise sessions into your busy schedule. Climbing the stairs, carrying groceries, doing housework, and gardening may also count as exercise - anything that keeps you moving counts.
Spending time with friends and family.
You may wonder: "What does it have to do with my immunity?" The connection is clear: communicating with the people you love and those you find interesting boosts your levels of dopamine, which is often called a "happiness hormone". This and other "happiness hormones" may help strengthen your immune system and protect your brain from premature aging.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.