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Tips for staying well this winter

January 7, 2013 by
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Staying healthy during the winter can certainly be challenging at times. However, with a few simple fixes, you can boost your immune system so you’ll stay well – and have more energy, too!

Winter Landscape by David Blackwell, on flickr

Winter Landscape by David Blackwell, on flickr

1. Get more sleep.  Sleep plays a big role in preventing the common cold. As described in Real Simple, sleep helps regulate the release of cortisol, which is linked to both stress and immune function. Studies have also shown that people who don’t get enough shut-eye are three times more likely to catch a cold. So, aim for getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night to keep your immune system strong. To sleep more soundly and have a quality night’s rest, ensure that you have a supportive pillow and a comforter that’s the right warmth level for your needs.

2. Exercise regularly. Not only does exercise make you feel good, it’s also a great way to bolster your immune system. Moderate exercise (30-90 minutes) most days of the week will increase your immune function. Even if you have a cold, consider going for a short walk, as studies have shown that light exercise can help you feel better faster.

3. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is crucial for flushing out toxins and staving off dehydration. Although the optimal amount is debated, some doctors recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces each day.

Tell us, how do you stay healthy in the winter? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!

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