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How to Stay Healthy & Prevent Sickness

It’s cold and flu season, on top of the pandemic. You might be looking for some tips and tricks to stay healthy and safe at this time. Although the below list may seem a bit obvious, it is tried and true.

  • Hydrate

A lot us struggle to stay on top of our daily hydration. You should be drinking eight cups of water per day. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it will help to flush out toxins which could lead to sickness.

  • Eat well

We’ve all heard it before, but eating well will make a big difference. If it’s fresh and local, you’re off to a great start. Make sure you are hitting all of the food groups for a balanced meal full of nutrients. Try to stay away from goods with lots of preservatives and salt.

  • Wash your hands

Your hands are the biggest gateway for external germs to wreak havoc on your health. Between regular washing and hand sanitizing, prevent any pesky germs from getting you sick.

  • Exercise

Sweat out those toxins! By spending a minimum of 30 minutes a day on exercise, you will build a good regimen in the fight against, well, getting sick. Some activities could include yoga, a nice winter walk or run or a special interest class such as dance. There are several virtual exercise classes to choose from now, as well.

  • Wear a mask in public spaces

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the flu and germs, keep your mask handy. It will protect you and others and keep you healthy and safe.

  • Get outside

Germs thrive in stuffy spaces, such as the office or your home.  We’d recommend going for a brisk stroll or cracking a window, cause a little bit of fresh air can go a long way!

  • Sleep

It may seem a little obvious to recommend that you get your full eight hours of rest, but with our screen-filled world, it’s easy to stay up late watching Netflix, playing video games or scrolling through your Instagram. Although it may seem like a stretch, it’s advised to be without your phone for the last hour before falling into a slumber. Why not pick up a book, write in a journal or end off your day with some stretches before bed?

  • Get your flu shot

And of course, if you battle the flu year-after-year, consider getting a flu shot. It’s something that could make a big difference during cold and flu season. As well, it is easy to confuse COVID-19 and flu symptoms, so this will help to lessen the wait times at COVID-19 test centres.

There are so many preventative measures to take in at the height of sick season and we couldn’t cover them all. What would you add to our list? Do you have a preventative remedy? Comment below.

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