Winter is the holiday season when everyone decorates their homes, wraps gifts, and spends time with friends and family.
Here are five ways to keep your immune system boosted during the holidays.
Really Wash Your Hands
Your first line of defense for your immune system is to step up the way you wash your hands. Too many people run their hands under cold water for a few seconds with little or no soap and end the cleaning there.
Use warm water and plenty of soap, and scrub every part of your hands (front and back) for 15-20 seconds. If you’re in a public restroom, avoid grabbing the door handle on the way out.
Focus on Your Diet
Some of the most delicious food is enjoyed between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but a lot of it is devoid of the nutrients our bodies need to keep an immune system healthy.
This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge; it just means that you should focus on getting good nutrients during the holiday season. Balance holiday treats with whole fruits and vegetables, drink meal replacements rich in vitamins and minerals, and consider a shake booster designed to support a healthy immune system.†
Yes, it’s freezing outside. It might even be snowing as you’re reading this. There are few joys better than curling up under a pile of blankets during a gloomy winter morning, but it could be to the detriment of your immune system.
Winter is the time we close our windows, shut our doors, and essentially seal up our homes until spring. This is great for the temperature but terrible for circulating fresh air and flushing out germs that could be living in your home. Because you can’t open the windows and let the place freeze, make it a priority to go outside more often, if only for a bit. (Bundle up, and stay warm!)
Clean Your Smartphone
You don’t want to hear this, but you need to: Your smartphone is probably covered in nasty germs and bacteria. One study found that phones are commonly 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat.
Don’t panic. Grab an antibacterial wet wipe to thoroughly clean your phone (if the phone is at least water resistant), or use a UV light cleaning device if you don’t want any liquid touching your device.
Sleep and Stay Hydrated
This is true any time of the year, but it’s especially true during winter. Lots of sleep and good hydration are essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Try to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep each night, drink plenty of water, and replenish nutrients with AMPED™ Hydrate (especially after exercise).
Lastly, enjoy one of the best times of the year. Focus on what keeps you healthy, and leave the rest to your immune system.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.