Staying Healthy as the Weather Turns Cold

If you are one of the many people who dread the weather turning colder because you always seem to catch a cold or the flu, fear not!  You can still enjoy everything the winter season has to offer, while staying healthy.

The first thing you need to do to stay healthy this winter may sound overly simple, but it really does work:  wash your hands!  Be sure to wash your hands frequently, for at least twenty seconds at a time, with warm soapy water.  This is especially important to do before eating.

Next, you should be sure to stay well hydrated.  This means drinking eight, eight ounce glasses of fluid per day.  Water is a great option, as is tea, milk, and one hundred percent fruit juice.

Then, make sure you eat a healthy well balanced diet.  This should include eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low fat dairy products, and whole grains.  You may also want to incorporate foods that help to keep your immune system strong such as ginger, garlic, and warm and cozy soups.

Finally, make sure you are well rested.  In order to fight of illnesses, your body will need to be strong and well rested.  This means getting plenty of sleep at night, and making time for regular bouts of daily exercise.  When your body is in top condition, so is your immune system, which will do wonders to keep you strong, fit, and healthy all year long.

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