Every winter, the idea of catching that terrible cough going around the office or that flu from the kids seems unavoidable. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when,” right? Wrong. We all know the usual things to do: get eight hours of sleep a night, wash our hands multiple times a day, stay hydrated, sanitize our phones and computer keyboards. But there are also a few things you might not have thought of that can help keep the virus of the winter season at bay.
Eat healthy-fat foods. That dressing on your salad, hummus (with extra garlic!), avocado … all of these healthy fats allows your body to absorb nutrients better—which means you stay healthier. Cutting back on processed sugars (sorry, baked goods and booze) and adding in spices like oregano and turmeric to your meals can support a healthy immune system, too.
Take baths. Did you know that sweating is your body’s way of getting rid of unwanted toxins? And in the winter, when perspiring isn’t so popular, it’s important to give your body a way to flush out all the junk and strengthen your immune system. Now, our pal Tony swears by his infrared sauna sessions, but a good, old-fashioned warm bath a couple of times a week will do the trick, too.
Exercise. While high-intensity interval training sessions are a great way to get your sweat on, your endorphins racing, and improve your mood, taking a stroll around the block can have benefits too. Walking five times per week for 30 minutes can ward off depression, relieve stress, and promote overall good health.