Tips to Avoid Getting a Cold

 

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It is that time of year again! Many individuals are coming down with a cold or the flu. Now is the time to make sure you are doing everything you can to fight off the germs. No one likes getting sick, so it is important to take steps in preventing us from catching a bug. Here are three tips to help you stay healthy this cold and flu season.

  1. Wash Your Hands

During cold and flu season it is extremely important to wash your hands as much as possible. If you are in contact with people, then you are also in contact with germs. Soap and water can remove germs, which can help you not get sick from later touching your eyes or mouth. Washing your hands can also prevent you from spreading germs on to others. It is recommended to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. The scrubbing and rubbing of your hands together also helps in removing the germs. If you do not have soap and water, then alcohol-base hand sanitizer is your next best option. Hand sanitizer is great to use on the go. Hand sanitizer can also kill cold and flu germs and help prevent you from getting sick.  Stop those germs from getting to you by washing and sanitizing your hands frequently.

  1. Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Making healthy choices can really improve your immune system. With a strong immune system, you are better able to fight off germs and illnesses. A healthy lifestyle can include working out and eating foods that are good for you. Try to hit the gym to kick your immune system into gear. Another way to escape the germs around you is by getting some fresh air. Take your workout outside or go for a nice walk to breath in some nice clean air. It is also important to eat more fruits and vegetables that have natural vitamins and benefits for your body. Diets with a higher amount of protein can be effective in strengthening your immune system as well. You can also try taking vitamins to help replace the nutrients that your body is not getting from your diet. With a healthy lifestyle in place, your body is stronger to fight off the cold or flu this season.

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep

It is important to consistently get a good night’s sleep. This mean that you are getting enough uninterrupted sleep to feel well rested the next day. Your body needs to recover from the long day it has endured and be ready for the next day to come. It is important to not oversleep, because that can have other negative impacts. Your goal should be to get an appropriate amount of sleep. Sleeping and relaxation also reduce stress, which has been shown to also help keep your body functioning at its best. Getting enough sleep helps you to make healthier and more active decisions throughout the day.

 

I hope with these tips you will be able to stay healthy this cold and flu season!

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

Healthy Fall Foods

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With fall just around the corner, it is time to get excited about all of the wonderful foods that will be coming into season. When fruits and veggies are in season it means that they are naturally at their best. Fall Is a time that many fruits and vegetables are at their peak of deliciousness. It is a lot easier to eat healthy with so many yummy options surrounding us.

Apples– Most people’s favorite fall fruit is about to come into season. Apples have a lot of notorious benefits. Going apple picking is also a fun activity and a great way to get outdoors.

Cranberries– These berries are sweet and delicious. Cranberries are full of antioxidants. They are the perfect treat this fall.

Grapes– Another yummy fruit that has many health benefits: Grapes tend to ripen towards the beginning of fall. They are the perfect fruit to pack as a snack for school or work.

Pears- Pears are full of fiber and vitamin C. Pears are a great snack option to grab and go.

Potatoes– While there are many different types of potatoes, most varieties are harvested in the fall. Potatoes are full of nutrients and fiber.

Pomegranates– This tart fruit also is in season during fall. Pomegranates are full of vitamins and antioxidants.

Pumpkins– Carving pumpkins for Halloween can be a fun fall activity. Don’t forget to incorporate pumpkin into your fall meals. Pumpkins are the most common winter squash that contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes- Don’t forget about this fall favorite. Sweet potatoes have their peak season during this time of year. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and fiber that make them the perfect addition to your diet this fall.

These are just a few of the delightful fruits and vegetables that are coming into season this fall. The changing season also means changes in what fresh produce you can bring home. Check the grocery stores near you and pick up some of these fresh healthy options. There are many more fruits and veggies that are best to eat during these cool fall days so it is the perfect time to try something new.

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

 

Unhealthy-Healthy Eats

 

In this overweight driven era, food marketers try everything under the sun in order to promote their product as a healthy food option. “Reduced fat!” “Low sodium!” “20% less sugar!” All these phrases are put on the front of labels to catch the eye of the consumer. But not so fast: Although a lot of these foods are reduced fat, contain less sodium, or are 20% less sugar, companies have to make up for the lack of these ingredients in order to continue to produce a quality product. In many cases, when a food product says it has reduced fat, they contain higher levels of salt (sodium) to keep a relatively similar taste to the product that is not reduced fat. I am going to give you three examples of foods that are labeled has “healthier” options, but are in reality just as bad, if not worse for you.

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  • Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

The fats from peanut butter is a great nutrient that your body needs when consumed at a moderate level. That being said, in general, it’s not the worst thing for your health to just eat normal peanut butter. However, if you’re looking to buy the reduced fat kind, you’ll notice that the sugar levels spike way up in order to make up for less fat.

  • Trail Mix

You may think that a small amount of assorted nuts is nice quick snack to have in-between meals. Although the nuts are a great snack, many store bought trail mixes either are made with different kind of chocolate candies, deep fried banana chips, or yogurt covered raisins. As you may have guessed, none of those are very healthy for you. Your best bet is to make your own trail mix with plain, dry roasted nuts.

  • Packaged Turkey

Turkey is a great, lean protein source to put on any kind of lunch sandwich. The problem arises, however, in the packaging part. Many producers have to load up packaged meat with salt in order to keep the meat fresh for the longest period of time. In order to escape eating sodium meat, stop at the local deli and pick up some fresh cut turkey.

 

It’s important to keep in mind, that these are just a few examples of “healthy” foods that turn out not to be so great for you. Before you fall into any marketing traps, a great way to find out whether your dish is healthy or not, is to simply just educate yourself with the nutrition facts listed on the back. Those numbers will NOT lie to you. For more examples of unhealthy, healthy eats, check out this website: http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/unhealthy-foods/

 

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

-Tyler Kloss

 

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