The holiday season is here and to increase your chances of staying healthy and enjoying all the festivities that are associated with this time of year, Flushing Hospital is sharing the following tips to help you boost your immune system and avoid illness during this time of year.
- Protect yourself against illness– taking certain preventive measures like washing your hands, wearing a mask whenever possible and taking Vitamin D can decrease your chances of getting sick. Also. getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu can provide protection against serious complications from those viruses.
- Get the appropriate amount of sleep – With all the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and baking, the holiday season can be very busy time of year. Even though you might find yourself overwhelmed around the holidays, it’s important to get the recommended amount of sleep each night (seven to nine hours for adults) to help keep your immunity levels high.
- Eat healthy – Making healthy and nutritious food choices can give your immune system a big boost. Conversely, making unhealthy food choices can negatively affect your immunity to illness. Some foods that can potentially boost your immune system include garlic, whole grains, such as oats or quinoa, and yogurt.
- Make time for exercise – Regular exercise can not only help keep your immune system running by supporting overall health and wellness, but recent research has suggested that it can also boost it by improving circulation, relieving stress, promoting “good” bacteria in your gut.
- Enjoy time with family and friends – If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is the importance that social interactions have on our mental well-being. Spending time with loved ones not only can reduce stress and make us happy, but studies have found that, if done responsibly and when following the appropriate safety precautions, it can also positively impact our immune system.
We hope these wellness tips will help you stay healthy and safe this holiday season.
All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.