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The Avera Staff
Boost Your Immune System This Winter
Stress and fatigue left over from the holiday
season can leave your immune system vulnerable
during the remaining winter months. Practice
good health habits so your body gets the rest
and nutrients it needs to stay well.
Regular exercise helps reduce illnesses by
fighting off bacterial and viral infections.
Exercise circulates the blood more rapidly,
which sends antibodies and white blood cells
faster. Try to exercise 30 minutes a day at
least three days a week. Regular exercise also
helps prevent long-term diseases, such as
cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.
While getting enough physical activity is
essential to boost immunity, it's just as
important to rest. People who get at least eight
hours of sleep a night have improved immunity.
People who get less than seven hours of sleep
are much more susceptible to colds and other
A healthy diet helps your
whole body function better. Try not to overdo
carbohydrates and sugar. Too much sugar, whether
from carbonated beverages or from carbohydrates,
can cause your blood sugar to rise, and that can
stress your immune system. Drink a lot of water,
and make sure you're getting enough protein in
If you haven't been vaccinated
for the seasonal flu, there's still time to
protect yourself. The flu season usually runs
through February but can continue even later.
The sooner you get the vaccine, the better. Keep
viruses at bay, including
flu and cold viruses, by washing your hands
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