Winter season has already knocked at your door. This season is mostly loved as it brings joy of cuddling with your loved ones in a quilt, getting to wear cozy and soft clothes, enjoying ice cream in jaw dropping cold temperature and also enjoying sun baths. But BEWARE this weather is prone to infections, so keeping them at bay is a big challenge. Winters have begun and you can already hear sounds of sniffing and sneezing around you. Keeping yourself protected from getting infected from other is an uphill task. Unknowingly you sometimes welcome uninvited guest like cold and flu virus to your home and body. So one needs to learn ways to keep safe this winter.
SOURCE OF COMMUNICATION OF BACTERIA & INFECTIONS
INFECTED ENVIRONMENT AROUND YOU
Avoiding co-worker or a family member having cold seems very hard. You get infected by air you breathe they sneeze or cough and even touching things they come in contact with door knobs, phone and tech gadgets. Even shaking hands with them is dangerous.
YOUR FAVORITE PETS
Your most loved pet dog, cat can make you sick or trigger allergies. Their fur, saliva and urine can cause infections. Sleeping with your pets is not considered safe.
DUST FROM WINTER FABRICS
Long stored winter clothes in cupboards could be one of possible reasons. The bacteria and mites make room for them. So try washing or keeping them in sunlight in order to kill germs and bacteria’s.
GETTING COLD & WET IN COLD
Going out in cold weather with no warm clothes can make you fall sick. It will make your immune system prone to virus causing flu and infections. In order to stay protected one must wear warm clothes and keep one self warm.
Try to be safe from mosquito bites, they can cause serious illness like dengue, malaria etc. Use mosquito nets or repellents.
TIPS TO STAY PROTECTED
Main source of transfer of infections is from hands and touching infected things. So try washing hands more often after shaking hands and touching things in public places. This will help you keep infections at bay this winter.
CONSUMING FOOD THAT MAKES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG:
Citrus Fruits: Vitamin C is helps strengthening your immune system. Rich source of vitamin c fruits include lemon, oranges, lime.
Ginger and Garlic: They got immune system boosting powers. They are mostly used in every dish as they add zing to food and is must have food.
Yogurt: yogurt is loaded with vitamin D. It stimulates your immune system to fight infections and diseases. Try having plain yogurt rather than flavored or lots of added sugar.
Almonds and Nuts: They are rich source of vitamin E and help in building a stronger immune system. They are helpful in fighting off cold and flu in winters.
COVERING SNEEZE AND COUGH
Flu and cold is spread by droplets from mouth and nose. Every one must make it a habit to keep tissue handy when ever you sneeze or cough. It is health habit that prevent infections from spreading.
DISINFECTING YOUR HOUSE
Every home which may appear clean and tidy from outside have infectious places. These places include:
- Toilet Seats
- Dish Washer
- Buckets and Mugs
Try cleaning your house regularly to keep infections at bay. The studies show that there are more chances you may get allergies from your house rather than from outside.
KEEPING YOUR SELF HYDRATED:
It’s a misconception that you need to only hydrate your body in summers. In winters also one must drink plenty of water as it produces lymph that carries white blood cells and other immune system cells. To further boost up add one lemon as good source of vitamin C.
It’s hard to get out of bed in winters leaving your warm bed behind, but it is important to keep up with your gym routine or indulging in physical workout or activities. This will help your body function well and prevent you from catching infections.
Sunlight is good source of vitamin D, which helps in strengthening immune system. Staying in sun will also help you stay cozy.