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Here Comes Fall: Tips for Preventing the Cold and Flu

By Genevieve Cunningham

There are so many things to look forward to as the fall begins to roll in. Big comfy sweaters, hot cups of cocoa, chilly nights. It’s such a fun and cozy time of year. But with all of the positives that come with the fall, there are also some negatives. More specifically, there are two big negatives: colds and the flu! This is the time of year when people are sneezing, coughing, and suffering from body aches. If you catch either of these, you’re likely to feel extremely miserable extremely quickly. So what can you do? While you can’t avoid all illness, you can do certain things to ward it off. Check out these tips for preventing colds and flu this season to keep your family well.

Boost the Immune System Starting Now

If you're trying to stay healthy, one of the worst things that you can do is to wait for a problem to arise before taking action. Why not be proactive? Start taking steps to build your immune system now. Stock up on Echinacea, Vitamin C, and elderberry. Make sure that you're getting plenty of exercise and natural movement. Get plenty of rest. The stronger you can make the immune system, the better able your body is to fight off various gems and illness.

Eat Good Foods

Food is fuel. If you're not fueling your body with the right foods, you're more likely to be rundown and sick. Make sure that your diet is full of fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and plenty of water. The healthier your diet, the easier it is for your body and mind to stay healthy from the inside out.

Wash, Wash, Wash Everything

Germs are everywhere. With school back in session, the chilly weather slowly rolling in, and the busyness of the season, you can bet that you're being exposed to plenty of germs. While you can't completely avoid germs, you can do your best to wash them away. Wash your hands often. Wash oft-held or touched objects such as purse handles, door knobs, and countertops. Wash backpacks and jackets and gloves. Washing often at this time of year means keeping germs out of your home and away from your family.

Colds and the flu can be viscous. They can make you feel terrible and put you in the bed even though you need to be up, moving, and accomplishing your to-do list. Get yourself and your family ready for sick season before it even starts. Use these tips to get moving in the right direction, and you may be able to keep the illness away through the season.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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