How to avoid getting sick

Margaret Zhang | Conant Crier

 

Spring is finally here, which means butterflies in gardens overflowing with colorful flowers–and consequent sneezing because of the changing environment. In addition to triggering allergies, the transition between the seasons also tends to cause many to become sick. But fear not, here are some ways you can avoid getting sick and fully enjoy this season of beautiful rains and blooming flowers.

Eating Vegetables

One way to avoid getting sick is by eating green vegetables. According to one study analyzing mice, eating cruciferous vegetables increases the production of proteins needed for a strong immune system by sending a message to the body. Some of these vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Whether you blend these into a morning smoothie or dress them into a salad, you will definitely notice a difference in your immune system once this practice becomes regular.

Try Detox Water

In addition to these dietary changes, incorporating a glass of warm lemon water into your morning routine and a cup of green tea into your evening can reduce your chances of getting sick. Warm lemon water is a rich source of Vitamin C, a key element to staying healthy. Other properties of lemon such as fighting infections, detoxification, and reducing inflammation make it arguably the most notable for sickness prevention. Green tea has similar properties, one of them being its richness in minerals and polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties. As if that’s not enough, many studies have pointed out that green tea contains catechins which are antioxidants that can block cell damage.

Increase Vitamin D Intake

Having a plentiful amount of Vitamin C will help your immune system, but Vitamin D must not be ignored. One simple way to meet your daily Vitamin D requirement during the warmer months is to safely expose yourself to sunlight. However, since this can be more difficult during the colder months, eating salmon, cheese, egg yolks, mushrooms, oatmeal, and drinking orange juice and soy milk is a feasible option. Many people also take the appropriate Vitamin D tablets which are suitable for them.

Practice Good Hygiene 

Apart from these methods, common lifestyle choices can make the biggest difference. Don’t bite your nails, and try to sneeze into the crook of your elbow rather than in your hands. Always remember to get enough rest so that you are not overworking your body. Also be sure to consistently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, given the many places you go and items you touch during your busy day.  Furthermore, don’t share items that should be personal, and avoid touching your face. As part of any healthy lifestyle, exercise will also keep your immune system strong.

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