Cold and flu season is here- but that doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself inside until it’s over. There are a few simple things you and your family can do to stay healthy.

Practice Healthy Habits.

If you want to stay healthy, you have to practice healthy habits. Visit your optometrist Winnipeg often for example. Following are a few healthy habits that you should adopt year-round.

1) Get adequate sleep. Sleep is the period of time your body needs to heal and recharge. Your body can’t fight off cold or flu germs if you haven’t gotten the rest you need. Adults need seven to nine hours and kids need ten to twelve.

2) Always wash your hands. We’re constantly surrounded by germs, but during cold and flu season, we seem to be more susceptible because we’re indoors more, in close quarters with poor ventilation. Wash your hands regularly with an anti-bacterial soap, especially after touching things others have touched.

3) Stay hydrated. You should drink plenty of water (64 ounces per day is recommended), but you can also drink herbal teas to keep your immune system in good shape.

Eat Healthy Foods

Make sure you’re getting plenty of leafy greens and fruits such as berries that are low in sugar. Avoid processed foods as much as possible as well as foods that are high in sugar such as cookies, candy, and pastries. If you do have a sweet tooth, use organic honey or dark chocolate (70 percent or more cacao).

Healthy Foods

Stock Up Your Medicine Cabinet.

We all know that it’s better to be prepared than to not be. Make sure that you always have Vitamin C around so that when you do get sick, you can start taking it immediately to boost your immune system. Make sure that you always keep tissues around to help with sniffles and sneezing. Make sure that you have age appropriate medications- you don’t want to be giving your toddler adult strength cold medicine.

By simply making sure that you follow these easy tips, you’re less likely to end up getting sick with a cold or the flu this season.