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Winter Health Tips for Adults

  • Boost your immune system with a colorful diet. Karen Gibson, a dietician from the Texas Medical School, says that eating a rainbow of veggies and fruits will boost your intake of immune-boosting antioxidants. Shoot for 5-7 servings a days during cold season. http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/foods-that-fight-colds.aspx
  • Say ‘No Thank You’ to sugar. We all know the holidays offer plenty of opportunities to indulge in sugary treats. But, doctors suggest that using your will power could protect you from a cold. Researchers have found that the amount of sugar in one can of soda suppresses your immune system by 30 percent in three hours. http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/foods-that-fight-colds.aspx
  • Drink Water. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do for our health each day. Yet, 75% of Americans are dehydrated. 60% of our bodies are made up of water, and water is needed for almost every basic bodily function from brain function, to metabolism regulation. Additionally, when we are sick, boosting up on fluids helps to loosen congestion and flush toxins from the system. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.http://www.examiner.com/article/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated  & http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036
  • Gain peace in sleep. A study in The Archives of Medicine found that after being exposed to the cold virus, people who slept seven hours or fewer a night or less were three times more likely to get sick. Not only that, if sleep was disturbed, people were four times more likely to get sick. So do yourself a favor, and plan to get eight hours of sleep a night. The goal is to be asleep within 10 minutes of hitting the pillow. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2009/01/12/7...  
  • Take time for yourself.
    Adults: The average adult catches 2-4 colds per year. While there is no cure to the common cold, these simple tips can arm your immune system with the defenses it needs. At Hyland’s, we believe prevention in key.
  • Research shows that individuals, who experience frequent stress lasting a month or more, are more likely to get sick than those who don’t. Between juggling kids, work and running a household, it sometimes seems impossible to get a moment to yourself. Yet, in the midst of cold season, it is more important than ever to de-stress. A suggestion: ask your spouse to be on kid duty for an evening, and take a bath, read that magazine you’ve wanted to catch up on, or just take the time to catch up on rest. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2009/01/12/7...
  • Build health with Exercise. Studies show that exercise boosts the immune system. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that people who exercise five or more days per week experience up to 46% less frequency of colds than those who are sedentary. Additionally, the number s of days people suffered from colds is 41% less for those who exercise five days or more per week. So get active! 30 minutes a day of cardio activity is what doctors recommend for a daily dose of exercise. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/coldflu/2010-11-0...  
  • Get outside. The cold months of winter deter the best of us from getting outside. Yet, studies show that a healthy dose of sunlight -, between 15 to 30 minutes a day -, is shown tocan promote a happier mood, more restful sleep, and vitamin D production. Vitamin D is created when the sun’s UV-B rays hit the skin, and is shown to protect against cancer, heart disease, and immune deficiencies. (Don’t forget your sunscreen though!) http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2008/06/24/h....