The common cold seems to hit at the most inconvenient of times – right before a big project, exam, or the holidays. Prevention is the key to staying healthy all year long and these easy tips could be just what you need to keep colds, flu and other illnesses at bay.

 

Wash Hands Frequently

Frequently washing your hands is one of the best steps you can take to stay healthy and avoid spreading germs to your friends and family. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds each time including the backs of hands, between fingers, and beneath fingernails. Hand sanitizer is a fast, effective alternative for when you can’t get to a sink.

 

Take Time for Rest & Relaxation

With today’s busy, on-the-move lifestyle it’s easy to become highly stressed and sleep deprived. Lack of sleep and relaxation can wreak havoc on your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to colds. Studies show at least 8 hours of sleep a night strengthens immunity and has the bonus effect of relieving stress levels.

 

Eat Healthy

Many of our favorite delicious and convenient foods are filled with fats, sugars, and carbs that can compromise immune health and make it harder for your body to protect itself from bacteria and viruses. A healthy, balanced diet packed with nutrient rich fruits and veggies will give your body strong defense against colds.

 

With these tips you can protect yourself and your family from getting sick all year long.