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5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

Health is wealth. Staying healthy this winter season will not only keep you on track to meet your New Year's resolutions, but it will also allow you the opportunity to share that gift of health with your community. Follow these essential tips to keep cold bugs and the flu away this winter season.

1. Get ample sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, getting enough sleep is one of the most important actions you can take to battle the cold season. Consistently missing out on optimum sleep weakens the immune system, making you a target for viruses and infections. Try to turn off your TV or computer screen an hour earlier each night in exchange for extra sleep.

2. Move your body

Even with the chilly weather and shorter days, try to exercise at least three times a week. Simply walking for 30 minutes will boost your heart rate, leading to an increase of antibodies and white blood cells (the main agents responsible for fighting sickness).

3. Up your vitamin intake

Getting extra vitamins and minerals can make a dramatic difference in boosting your immune system, especially during the winter months. Vitamin C is especially effective, whether you get it as a supplement or eating vitamin C-rich foods like oranges and cranberries. Additionally, taking a daily multivitamin may help improve mood and sharpen focus. 

4. Wash your hands

There is good reason why we have been told to wash our hands since we were young. Regular hand washing reduces the spread of bacteria and lowers the chances of bacteria entering our bodies. This applies to your living and working spaces as well! Keep them extra clean with antibacterial wipes or a natural cleansing spray of white vinegar diluted in water with a little lemon juice.

5. Consider a flu shot

If you are at higher risk for getting sick, whether you have a weak immune system or will be spending time in crowded public spaces this winter season, consider a flu shot. Many health clinics and insurance providers offer flu shots at no cost, and flu shots can increase resilience to the flu by up to 60 percent.

These simple but effective tips can make a difference as you battle all too common seasonal illnesses. Many blood donors become ineligible to donate while dealing with unforseen sickness during the winter time. If you are healthy, we would love for you to schedule a donation appointment today.