For some people, fall can be the hardest time of year. With the sudden climate changes from warm to cool, especially at night, many will find themselves sitting in a doctor’s office looking for relief. There are no guaranteed tricks to remain healthy all season long, however, there are precautions you can take to increase your odds. Read on to learn tips to boost your immune system this fall.
Keep Moving! You don’t have to go outside to move more during fall. There are many ways you can keep moving indoors where it’s warm. At work, swap your traditional desk for a standing desk or workstation, do a few laps around the office during breaks, and perform hourly stretches. At home you can do mini workouts while you’re watching tv, dance while cooking dinner, find an indoor sport that you enjoy, join a weekly fitness class, and much more .
Add fall harvest vegetables to your diet. Add sweet potatoes, carrots, and dark green vegetables into your diet as they are high in antioxidants. Also look for fruits and vegetable high in vitamin C to help keep you healthy during cold and flu season — broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, tomatoes, and peppers.
Wash your hands often and properly. Since germs live on hands and surfaces, proper hand washing helps keep us from being infected by the cold or flu virus. It’s best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. If that’s not possible, use alcohol-based hand rubs.