Staying Healthy in the Winter Months
Flu season seems to be starting early this year. Angela Mincuci of the Michigan Health Department told WWJ Newradio 95 that there are more than 250 confirmed cases of the flu. “Typically we don’t see that volume of cases until early February in Michigan in flu season, and those numbers are current as of December 27th.”
With the flu hitting earlier than normal, you need to take precautions so that you don’t get sick. There are many ways in which you can make sure you stay healthy this winter. First off, get enough sleep. When your body is tired it won’t have the energy to fight off germs. We tend to sleep more in the winter months with shorter amounts of sunlight, so take advantage of your hibernation mode to catch up on sleep. Second, drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. This way your body will be able to flush out any illness. Third, get fresh air. When we are cooped up together germs tend to spread. Getting some fresh air and moving about will help to break up those germs. Forth, wash your hands. Keep the bacteria and viruses off your hands and away from your face. Keeping hand sanitizer close by will help in those instances when you can’t get to soap and water. And of course the best precaution you can take is to get your flu shot.