Avoid Winter Sickness: Tips to Boost Your Immune System
Colleen O'Connor Dec 15, 2014
As the season’s sounds of sniffling, sneezing, coughing and congestion come into full harmony this time of year, thoughts of constant sanitizing, washing hands and avoiding germ exposure may be filling your head. To help minimize the effects of the dreaded winter cold and flu season, Elements Massage suggests the following tips to help boost your immune system.
Drink Plenty of Water
When the weather turns cold in the winter, your alertness for drinking enough water tends to decline. But, the winter season can actually bring dry conditions in most parts of the country, leading to the need of being aware of the amount of water you’re drinking on a daily basis. And, when it comes to boosting your immunity system, consistently drinking enough throughout the day can make a big difference between staying healthy and coming down with a case of the sniffles.
Count Your Z’s
When you start building up a sleep deficit and your mind and body gets worn down, you’re pulling out the welcome mat to winter sickness to take up residency in your body. You can boost your immune system by consistently logging 7-9 hours of sleep each night during the holidays and throughout the year.
Feed Your Body
This time of year there can be a plethora of sweets, high-fat and high-calorie foods available at holiday parties and gatherings. Besides taking a toll on your waistline, eating unhealthy foods also can stress out your immune system. Keep your guard up by sticking to a well-rounded diet that includes all of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body feeling strong.
Schedule Regular Massage Therapy Sessions
Investing in your mind’s overall health and wellness with regular massage therapy sessions isn’t just beneficial for relaxation and rejuvenation. In fact, The American Massage Therapy Association reported earlier this year that medical research indicates that massage therapy may actually help boost your immune system and fight off viruses by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells.”
By incorporating these tips with regular massage therapy sessions when you’re feeling healthy, you can give your immune system the extra boost it needs to stay strong and in full virus fighting mode during the winter sickness season.