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Healthy Behaviors for the Cold and Flu Season

By Donna Stark

The clock is ticking, and the beautiful fall season you have been enjoying so much is near its end, which means the cold and flu season is ready to step in and take its place. Are you ready for that? What have you done to prepare your body? If you haven't started thinking about what you can do, you may want to start now! Taking some simple, proactive steps before the winter comes can keep you feeling well amid the upcoming season of common illnesses. And don't worry if you aren't sure where to start. Your local chiropractors have put together a list of their favorite recommendations. Take a look.

Get Plenty of Vitamin D

If you head into work and end your day when it is dark, getting the recommended daily levels of Vitamin D may be a challenge. An easy way to overcome that is to get as much sunlight as you can during the day. You can grab your jacket and head outdoors for a quick walk during your breaks or if it's not too cold, you can find a park bench to eat your lunch. You can even ask your primary care doctor about which foods to eat and which supplements will help too.

Stick to a Consistent Sleep Routine

Staying on top of your sleep is critical to your overall health and wellness, especially during this time of year because the change in seasons could disrupt your natural circadian rhythm. Make sure you are sticking to a consistent schedule by going to sleep and waking up at the same time, turning off all electronics at least an hour before bed, and keeping your room dark, cool, and quiet.

Stay Hydrated

Even though it may not feel as important during the winter as it does during the hot summer months, you have to stay hydrated if you want to maintain optimal wellness. An easy way to monitor your water intake is to carry a water bottle around with you throughout the day. You can also increase your consumption of water-rich foods, such as broth, celery, pineapples, and tomatoes. Don't like the taste of water? Don't worry! Infuse it with lemon, mint, or cucumbers to make it taste better.

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

During the winter months, prioritizing your self-care is more important than ever, so try to incorporate the tips above into your daily routine. And if you would like to learn more about optimal health and wellness, just come on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They have plenty of tips to share!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Knightdale, N.C.

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