Flu season is upon us and is especially nasty this year. The flu has been reported in every state but Hawaii so far and is expected to rage on for the next few weeks.  

Doctors are recommending flu vaccinations as well as the typical advice – wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and don’t touch things where germs could be lurking.  

Additionally, you can take charge of keeping yourself well by being mindful of what you put in your body and focusing on your wellbeing. 

Here are a few tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season. 

1.      Eat well. Lots of vitamin-rich foods help to maintain your immune system, so eat as nutritiously as you can! Some studies are showing low-protein diets contribute to weakened immune systems, so make sure to get some daily protein, too. 

2.      Drink lots of fluids. Specifically, drink lots of water. That’s a good practice in general. Lots of water will keep you hydrated and help your body fight off germs. Many herbal teas are also soothing and good for your body. 

3.      Watch your hands. Germs are everywhere, so be mindful of what you’re touching – door handles, pens, credit card machines and gym equipment are all covered in germs.  Clean off frequently used items and avoid touching your face as much as possible to stop the spread of germs. And of course, wash your hands often! 

4.      Don’t overdo it. Plenty of rest is going to help your body fight off colds and other germs. If you do get sick, stay home if you can. By staying home you aren’t spreading germs aren’t and you’re able to get the rest you need to get back to your regular routine quicker. 

Germs are unavoidable, and colds may be inevitable, but with healthy habits and a focus on keeping yourself well, your body has a fighting chance at keeping you healthy!