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10 Ways to Fight Winter Colds & Stay Fit with Personal Heaters & More

Girl sick with cold wrapped in blacket

Winter's here and with the change in weather it's hard to stay healthy and free of the winter cold. This is the time of year it's more important than ever to boost your immune system and stay healthy. Below are simple ways to fight the winter cold and create more comfortable winter experience.

1. Use a Humidifier

Cold viruses love dry conditions, so it's important to keep your home humidified. The proper humidity level is about 45%. Investing in a hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels. This will go a long way to not purging the winter cold but help with dry wintery skin, eye irritation and the static electricity commonly associated with dry conditions. Your pets will love you for it too as their fur has a tendency to absorb the static electricity from the carpet bedding and other household fabrics.

2. Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of fluids. Water, juice, broth, tea, and water with lemon and honey. These fluids are good for you and have a great way of building the immune system. Steer clear of alcohol and caffeinated beverages as these tend to cause dehydration. The goal is to keep cells well hydrated and increase immunity. This habit will also break up congestion, and help with minor throat irritation should a cold occur.

3. Exercise Regularly

Woman workingout

Don't forget to exercise. Most people exercise in the summer because they want to be fit for the beach and other outdoor activities. Once winter hits we all have the tendency to stay indoors and start nesting. Don't allow yourself to quit exercising just because the weathers changing. It's more important now to exercise regularly. This will keep help the lymph system clean the body of impurities and boost morale too. It's a great way to fight the winter blues.

4. Keep Your Hands Clean

Colds are often spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by infected persons and then touching your mouth, nose, eyes or ears. That's why it's important to wash your hands. Most surfaces contain some kind of germs. Washing your hands regularly will prevent germs from spreading to you and your family. So if you're grocery shopping, going to the gym, or spending time in public places be sure to carry some hand sanitizer.

5. Stay Warm

There are lots of ways to get warm. Cuddle with your loved ones, wear a little extra clothing, and invest in throw blankets. Keep your home warm and toasty too. Prevent drafts by weather stripping windows and doors. Hang draperies with lining in them, and then invest in a personal space heater. Personal heaters are a great way to keep you warm at work and at home. They are typically portable so you can move them from room to room, and they are a great supplemental resource.

6. Keep Stress in Check

Stress lowers the immune system, and let's face it, most of us stress out over the holidays. Whether it's finances, work, or the holidays stress reduces the body's ability to fight off infection and viruses. If you find yourself stressed, practice stress reducing techniques like deep breathing, stretching. Avoid late nights at the office and spend more time socializing with friends, relaxing in a bubble bath, or reading a good book. These are great ways to take your mind off the things causing you overload.

7. Boost Your Intake of Natural Germ Fighters

Bowl of Cherries

Increase your intake of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin D are natural germ fighters and boost the immune system. Reduce your sugar and white flour intake as these tend to weaken the immune system, making it more difficult to fight the common cold should you get one. Add elderberry to your diet. Elderberry extract has antiviral properties. It can even keep you from contracting sickness from those around you. The Mayo Clinic and other organization like the American Cancer Society suggest eating supercharged foods with phytochemicals like dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits can help prevent certain diseases.

8. Get Plenty of Rest

It's more important than ever to make sure you're getting the sleep you need. A regular sleep pattern with at least 8 hours a day increase the body's ability to fight off outside invaders like viruses and bacteria. You need to keep the immune system up and the body strong enough to fight the infections going around. Good sleep habits help fight off the winter cold and also help you get rid of it faster once you have one.

9. Honey

Honey is a power food. It offers a variety of health benefits that include cancer and heart disease prevention, the reduction of gastrointestinal disorders and ulcers, increase athletic performance, work as a anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and reduce cough and throat irritation. Did you know that honey can help reduce throat irritation better than most marketable cough syrups? Drink hot steamy beverages like tea and add a little honey. There are benefits here that will get you through the winter season intact.

10. Replace Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. After all, their job is to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth. You use it daily sick or not so it's important to change it regularly. Most dentists agree that a toothbrush should be replaced every three months. A toothbrush breaks down from regular use so it's not as effective as it should be. According to LiveStrong you can clean your toothbrush between uses by disinfecting it with antibacterial mouthwash, vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide.

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