4 Tips for Keeping Out Illness

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everyone is going to get sick at some point. Whether it’s the flu, a cold, or some other infection, getting sick is a part of life. Still, it’s always a good idea to keep illness away as much as you can. With some precautions, it’s possible to stay healthier longer and fight germs before they truly invade. And seriously, who doesn’t want to skip the sickness? Check out these four tips for stopping illness in its tracks and keeping yourself well.

Take Your Vitamins

The more nutritionally sound your body, the more likely it will be able to fight off illness before it takes over. A good multivitamin can help to fill in any gaps in your diet. If you have a known deficiency, make sure that those supplements are a part of your routine as well. A good healthy diet and a multivitamin may give you an edge when it comes to staying well.

Wash Your Hands (Again)

It’s not enough to wash your hands after a trip to the bathroom. Anytime that you touch something questionable, go ahead and wash your hands or wipe them down with sanitary wipes. Doorknobs in public places, before and after handling food, and anytime that you’ve sneezed or coughed are all excellent times to rinse your hands. This helps to keep germs off of your hands and out of your body.

Don’t Eat After People

You probably don’t make a habit of eating after strangers, but this should include friends and family members as well. Sure, you trust them, but you don’t know where they have been, who they’ve been around, or what germs they may have and not even know! Try to make a habit of eating off of your own plate and drinking out of your own glass. The fewer germs you pass back and forth, the less likely you are to catch something that will stick around.

Exercise

Exercise not only makes the muscles stronger, but it makes your whole body stronger. This includes your immune system, which is your body’s natural defense against foreign invaders. Exercise at least four times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. If you want to do more, great! But stick to the routine on a regular basis to get the most benefit that exercise can bring.

Being sick is no fun at all. Make these small changes to your normal routine and you may find yourself getting sick less often than normal in the coming weeks and months. Keep your body healthy and strong, and fight off illness for good.

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