Avoiding the unwanted gift of the season

Enchanting snowflakes
Cozy blankets with hot drinks
Blazing flames of fire

Wintertime and all its splendors are fast upon us.

Along with its brisk weather and holidays, this season also has a reputation for bringing an abundance of sickness.

One predominant reason why is students are spending more time inside with the windows shut tight, making it more likely to breathe in the same air as somebody who is already sick. Plus, less sunlight generally means less vitamin D and melatonin, which create deficiencies that can compromise immune systems.

The following are some tips that will help prevent (or help make more bearable) wintertime sickness:

  • Get a flu shot
  • Wash hands often and avoid touching eyes, mouth, or nose, which are passages for viruses and bacteria to get into the body
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or a shirt sleeve so as not to spread germs
  • Get sufficient sleep, deprivation of it weakens the immune system
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take a hike or do some other outdoor activity to get fresh air and exercise
  • Do a relaxing activity such as yoga in order to reduce stress, which wears out the body and can make it more susceptible to sickness
  • Take Vitamin C supplements and/or eat foods such as oranges and lemons that are high in Vitamin C, which helps the body prevent and fight sickness
  • Eat yogurt, a natural probiotic that boosts your immune system, and/or mushrooms which help the production of white blood cells
  • Drink chicken broth, which has amino acid cysteine, similar to a chemical in an antibiotic that fights bronchitis
  • Drink tea with lemon and honey; it can soothe sore throats (Plus, honey acts as a natural cough suppressant)
  • Gargle salt water (dissolve ¼-½ a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water); it can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping flush out bacteria or irritants
  • Try eye drops for irritated eyes and Vaseline to moisturize the nose, which can get incredibly irritated from the friction of tissues
  • Take an Epsom salt bath which can help with body aches and can possibly have a de-toxicating effect (The steam also moisturizes the nasal passages, which helps alleviate congestion)

 

Kati Keller

Staff Writer

Author: macoll14

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