Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

Winter is full of illnesses that can transfer from person to person all season. Adding COVID into the mix, it is more important now than ever to take small steps to remain healthy. AFC Urgent Care North Bergen offers all patients comprehensive medical care to ensure you feel your best all the time. Visit us today for a diagnosis of any illness.

Avoid Common Health Risks

It can seem obvious, but avoiding specific health risks can make or break your illnesses this season. This primarily includes avoiding other people who are sick. If someone around you is sneezing, shows signs of congestion, or coughing, it is best to maintain a six-foot distance from them to avoid catching any airborne viruses.

Try regulating your sleep schedule and avoiding stress throughout the year. These two small improvements can have a large impact on your immune system as a whole, so you are more likely to stay healthy when you are in contact with an illness.

Lastly, staying inside causes air to be recirculated and is often very dry. ealThis can make symptoms, such as a sore throat or congestion, worse. Getting outside at least once a day or opening the windows occasionally can help recirculate fresh air.

Tips to Stay Healthy

In your diet

Drinking plenty of water everyday can help keep your immune system healthy. Depending on your current exercise level, weight, and age, the amount of water you drink everyday is different. However, it is recommended for women to drink about 90oz. of water a day, and for men to drink 125oz. Drinking this everyday will keep you hydrated and help flush out any toxins in your body.

Eating a well-balanced diet can also help keep you healthy. This includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and a balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Always try to avoid eating too many processed foods or sugar.

Wash your hands

Practicing good hygiene by washing your hands frequently is an almost definite way to stay healthy. Our hands harbor many germs from touching different surfaces and our phones constantly. Be sure to wash your hands before preparing food and eating, and avoid touching your face throughout the day. Using soap and water for 20 seconds is the most effective way, however, hand sanitizer can also be used in a pinch.

Physical and mental health

Light exercise everyday can also help keep you healthy. It’s important to try and get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes a day. Walking outside everyday can boost your immune system and give you much needed fresh air. Since stress and lack of sleep are major contributors to poor immune systems, medication and exercise can combat that.

Your immune system will thank you if you take these steps to remain healthy. Working toward goals everyday can help you achieve long-term success. For more health tips or treatment options for illnesses, call AFC Urgent Care North Bergen today.