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We are now in the throws of winter and we all know what that means… it’s time to get sick! Right? Winter comes around and we all expect to get at least a little under the weather at some point or another. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of ourselves! There are many things we could be doing to help prevent illness or even lessen its severity.

Here is a list of things to keep in mind this holiday (flu) season to help keep your health at optimal level:

  • Wash Your Hands: Do this as much as possible. You don’t realize how often and how much you come in contact with other people’s germs. If you did, you may never leave your home.
  • Brush With A New Brush: Many people fail to realize the importance of trashing your toothbrush after you have been sick. Using that brush can lead to getting sick again. Just toss it.
  • Moisturize: The severe cold can wreak havoc on your skin, especially your extremities like your feet and hands. Make sure to moisturize so bacteria doesn’t get in to any cracks in your skin and cause an infection. Also, try to get socks and gloves that are made of synthetic fibers, they wick away moisture.
  • Hydrate: Most of us are less inclined to carry a bottle of water around with us in the winter because we are cold and looking to drink warm, delicious beverages! However, it’s important to stay hydrated during this time. Make sure to consciously drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
  • Feed With Fiber:¬†Studies have shown that eating foods with high fiber helps reduce inflammation as well as boost the immune system. Apples, oats, and nuts are all great snacks to eat throughout the day in the colder months.