Boosting Your Immune Health During Cold & Flu Season

Supporting Your Immune Health During the Winter

As we enter the height of cold and flu season, it is essential to do everything you can to support your body's defense against viral infections. The health experts at RRH share simple ways that you can bolster your immune function and fight off infection this winter.

Eat Immune-Boosting Foods

Like many areas of your health, your immune system’s ability to function properly is influenced by the foods you eat. Try addin\g the following fruits and vegetables to your shopping list the next time you're headed to the grocery store:

  • Lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Kale, spinach, and other dark leafy greens
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

Get Enough Sleep

Although you may find yourself sacrificing your sleep every now and then, sleep deprivation actually has negative effects on your immune health. Getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night helps your immune system better fight off infection and prevents other health issues.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands properly and frequently is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from illness-causing germs. Follow these steps each time you wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs:

  • Wet your hands with clean water.
  • Lather your hands with antibacterial soap.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands with clean water.
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.

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