Many of us love the winter season because of the holidays and the time we get to spend with our friends and family members. But something that definitely isn’t so wonderful about this time of year is getting sick. After all, there is a reason winter is known as cold and flu season. If you’re fighting off the sniffles and trying to keep those coughs at bay, residents of The Lodge at Southpoint, check out these tips, courtesy of Real Simple, on how to prevent yourself from catching a cold.
• Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping boosts your immune system by releasing the hormone cortisol. Making sure you get at least seven hours of sleep per night is an easy way to keep yourself from getting sick.
• Take a hot and cold shower. You can jump-start your immune system with fluctuations of temperature. For 30 seconds at the end of your shower, stand under the hottest stream of water your body can tolerate. Then for 10 seconds, turn the water to cold. Repeat this three times.
• Exercise moderately. If you exercise too much and too intensely, this can actually make you sicker and cause your body to be more susceptible to catching an illness. But exercising moderately can boost your immune system.
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