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7 Secrets of People Who Rarely Get Sick

Published in For the Health of It

From the common cold to flu outbreaks, fall and winter can be season of many illnesses. But we all know that one person who rarely, if ever, gets sick. How do they stay healthy? It could be one of these stay-healthy tips:

  1. Exercise daily. It helps boost your immune system. In fact, studies show moderate exercise can help reduce the number of colds you get in a year by up to 25 to 50 percent.
  2. Keep your hands away from your face. The average person touches their face two to four times in a given minute. When germs are running rampant, that's a fast-track to a cold or other viruses. These viruses enter your body through your mouth, nose and eyes. So it's a good idea to keep your face hands free.
  3. Wash your hands. Often. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the number one thing you can do to prevent a cold is to wash your hands. During cold and flu season we're constantly in contact with all kinds of viruses—on door knobs, stair rails, even other people. Remember to wash with regular soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds—that's how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" two times. Scrub your palms, between your fingers and underneath your nails. And it's just as important to dry your hands on a clean towel.
    When to wash your hands:
    • Before, during, and after preparing food
    • Before eating food
    • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
    • After handling pet food or pet treats
    • After touching garbage
  4. Eat a healthy diet. Getting a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of living a healthy life, but it can also help boost your immune system. Look for foods rich in vitamin C (think broccoli, strawberries and oranges) and D (like tuna, fortified milk and cereals). Foods with quercetin, which is found in red apples, broccoli and green tea, can also give you an immunity boost.
  5. Get your vitamins. Though it's a myth that vitamin C prevents the common cold, getting enough vitamin C and other vitamins can help build a stronger immune system. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great source of many different vitamins to boost your immunity.
  6. Get plenty of rest. Don't skimp on your Zzzzs. Sleep is one of the best ways to help you stay healthy. A good night's rest will help improve your immunity.
  7. Don't skip your flu shot. The Center for Disease Control maintains that getting your flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the spread of flu. It's true even in a year where the vaccine may not be the best match to the strain of flu going around.
  8. Give your immune system a boost. Keep these tips in mind for a healthier you all year long.