Staying healthy is important throughout the year and especially during winter - the high season for germs. Though advertisements would have you believe otherwise, you don't need special products to boost your immunity. Stick to the basics and remember these tips:
- Eat a variety of foods. A varied diet, including all food groups, is the best way to support a healthy immune system.
- There is no magic nutrient. Many nutrients are known for their roles in building immunity, but there isn't one magic nutrient that will keep you well. Skip the expensive supplements and focus on eating a balanced diet.
- Wash your hands. Hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to limit the spread of germs. Wash your hands before and after food preparation, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose and after touching anything dirty.
- Keep it to yourself. Don't share drinking glasses or utensils. Personal items like nail files, brushes, lip balm and pens are also best kept to yourself.
- Go to sleep. A lack of rest can contribute to a depressed immune system and make you vulnerable to illness. Make sleep a priority by scheduling a bedtime and sticking to it.
- Move more. Regular physical activity is also important for good health, so don't let winter become an excuse to sit around. Join a gym, walk the mall or exercise in the house to get your body moving.