With the start of a new school year, everyone is gearing up for flu season. It is inevitable in every part of the country. Whether or not you are a parent, you will likely be face to face with someone suffering from the flu. Unless you want to be crouching over in pain and unable to function for a period of 24 to 72 hours or longer, it is best to try to avoid the flu at all costs. That does not mean you should become a hermit and stay home throughout the season. It does mean; however, you need to keep your body healthy and, of course, always wash your hands.
DIET IS KEY
What you put into your body has a direct effect on how your body operates. If you ingest a diet of little to no nutrients and overall unhealthy foods, your body is going to be slow and unable to fight off any type of ailment. Therefore, going into flu season, you must make sure your body is receiving a healthy amount of nutrients. Eating a rainbow diet is a great way to make sure you are getting a lot of high-quality fuel into your body. Each color of food offers a plethora of nutritional benefits that will help boost your immune system. Remember, a rainbow diet refers to a diet in which each meal is full of fruits, vegetables, and protein that represent different colors of the rainbow (not a diet of skittles).
EXERCISE KEEPS EVERYTHING WORKING
Some say the diet is the hardest part of the equation. Once that is in place, everything else falls into place. Others believe exercise is the hardest part of the equation. Once an exercise routine is established, eating well is second nature. The truth is, no matter what you believe, diet and exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to getting and staying healthy. A well-structured exercise plan will help your body work more efficiently. As a result, you will be able to fight off illness, helping avoid it altogether, or at least get it out of your body as quickly as it entered. Exercise, as with diet, allows your immune system to strive, keeping you healthy during the unhealthiest times of the year.
ROUND IT OUT WITH SLEEP
The final piece to the equation of staying healthy throughout flu season is to get sleep. Your body needs sleep for everything else to have the opportunity to work properly. If you are sleep deprived, you are opening your body to catch everything that comes down the pike. Instead of waiting until you get sick to get the rest you need, rest to prevent getting sick in the first place. It is important to remember that your body works much like a vehicle. A car will break down if it does not have the proper fuel, is not well-maintained, and does not get periods of rest. Your body will do the same, leaving you open to the flu.
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