Winter is almost here, and coming with it is flu season and cold weather! Let’s take a moment to remind everyone on some simple and easy ways to remain healthy this year!
1. Stay hydrated! It is very important to drink plenty of water each day. It is recommended to drink at least 6-8 cups of water each day (48-64 ounces) for an adult to remain properly hydrated. Hydration is an issue even when it is cold outside!
2. Eat a healthy diet. A well balanced and healthy diet rich with fruits, vegetables (especially high in vitamin C and zinc), protein, and grains is essential to a healthy immune system.
3. Get enough sleep! Proper sleep patterns are needed for the body to remain healthy and fight off any attacks from bacteria and viruses. 6 hours each night, or more, is recommended for adults.
4. Avoid stress. If at all possible, help your loved ones avoid stress during the holidays. Keep the routine if possible, and avoid unnecessary stress when possible.
5. Exercise regularly. 30-60 minutes of light exercise each day helps energize the body and mind, and keep the immune system ready to defend.
6. Practice good hygiene! Wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching your face without first washing or sanitizing your hands. If you are sick stay home until after your symptoms are gone, and you are fever free for 24 hours to avoid passing on the cold to others.
7. Dress for the weather. Your mother always told you to wear a coat, or you will catch a cold, and scientists have verified she was right (at least in part)! Many cold causing viruses grow better in the body a degree or two cooler than normal body temperature, and that temperature drop can be avoided by wearing the proper outdoor wear in the cold. Don’t leave home without a coat, hat and gloves this winter! The elderly are especially susceptible to colds and the flu, and well as can become hypothermic very easily! Always be ready for a sudden drop in temperature!
8. Only use the correct medications! A couple reminders, antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, and need to be finished when prescribed. Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, and can only be treated by medication prescribed by a physician, not over the counter remedies. If you have a fever, or persistent symptoms, see your doctor immediately!
9. Get your vaccines!

Stay warm, and stay healthy this year! For any questions or comments, call Centennial Adultcare Center at 383-3399 or contact us today!