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I have mentioned how much I love about the fall and winter.
But you know one thing I don’t love? Getting sick.
This year, I am working proactively to keep our family healthy, especially as the kids are back to school and bringing new germs into the house.
As we head into the cooler weather, I thought I would share my Top 7 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter.
When the weather cools down, it can be tempting to skip your workout. It turns out, this is bad for more than just your waistline.
Regular, moderate exercise is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system. In one study, adults who engaged in regular moderate physical activity showed a 23 percent reduction in the risk of upper respiratory tract infections.
2. Support Your Bones
Maintaining strong bones and flexible joints is important as we get older. Cartilage, which acts as a cushion between bones, decreases with age. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I need all the help that I can get these days, especially when the weather cools down.
To keep me going strong, I have been taking Caltrate® Bone & Joint Health*. You can get it exclusively at Walgreens.
It is an easy way to help maintain my bones and joints in a single daily tablet.*
Caltrate® Bone & Joint Health* offers Calcium, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Copper, Manganese and UC-II®. UC-II® is a collagen that supports healthy cartilage and promotes joint flexibility and health.
After just a short time of taking it, I and loving how my knees are feeling.
Be sure to look for the $4.00 off Caltrate® Bone & Joint Health Sunday Newspaper Coupon that was available on 10/2/2016
3. Eat to Boost Your Immune System
Fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables and your immune system will thank you!
Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and phytonutrients to support healthy immune function. Aim for at least three servings of fruits and four or more servings of vegetables a day. Make sure you include leafy greens, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash and cruciferous vegetables. Other important things to incorporate into your diet are garlic, onions, and ginger. Spices such as oregano, cinnamon, and turmeric are also helpful. They offer antimicrobial properties which can help you stay healthy.
4. Get Social
Researchers have shown a link between repressed immune function and a lack of social support. According to a study reported by the American Psychological Association, in 2005 a study showed that in college students both social isolation and feelings of loneliness each independently weakened students’ immunity.
If your social network isn’t giving you what you need, try joining a club or attending a meet-up. They can be great places to find people with common interests and goals.
5. Chill Out
Stress is a fact of life in the modern world.
When we are stressed, our bodies output of neuroendocrine hormones increases. This has a detrimental impact on immune function. Studies indicate that those who are dealing with significant stress have double the risk of getting sick.
On reason that exercise is so important is that it can help to reduce stress. (And don’t forget that maintaining you bones and joints and eating right goes a long way towards making sure that you are up to working out.)
Meditation and breathing exercises are also great ways to reduce stress. Don’t forget to take time out to decompress each day – even if it is just a few minutes to savor a cup of tea.
6. Rest Up
Getting enough sleep is critical to a properly functioning immune system. Research shows that when we don’t get enough sleep, we are more likely to become ill when exposed to a virus.
While most American adults average less than seven hours of sleep a night, most experts suggest that getting at least eight hours is ideal.
Here are some more tips on improving your sleep.
7. Wash Your Hands
You have heard it a million times, but it bears repeating. Sudsing up removes dirt and kills germs. To do it right, make sure you wash for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget between your fingers and under your nails!
Don’t forget to look for the $4.00 off Caltrate® Bone & Joint Health Sunday Newspaper Coupon that was available on 10/2/2016
There will also be a temporary price reduction ($11.99) in October.
What are your best tips for ways to stay healthy this winter?
*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.