Four Tips To Stay Healthy This Winter And Save Money

Oct 15

Four Tips To Stay Healthy This Winter And Save Money

If you take a few easy precautions before winter gets here you could save some money on trips to the doctor’s office, emergency room, and the drug store. Getting sick, even if it’s just the common cold, can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be.

Instead of waiting until you get sick to do something about it, start now. Here are some things you can do in order to save a few bucks, and maybe skip some missed days from work as well!

Get Your Flu Shot

People that don’t like to get shots, and those that fear the flu shot, have a million excuses not to get their yearly vaccine, but there are just as many reasons why you should get your flu shot. While there may be reasons not to get it, there are definite benefits in getting it.

Your flu shot is the biggest defense you have against getting the flu, and while you still might get it, depending on what strains the shot was for compared to what strains are out there, it still may save you from a week of sweats, vomiting and coughs.

Take Your Vitamins

Making sure you get extra zinc and vitamin C during the cold months can help you fight off the flu and even the common cold. While it might not keep you from getting either of them, it does help build up your immune system so you can deal with the illness better and maybe be sicker for a shorter period of time.

Eat Healthy And Exercise

You can get some of those vitamins and antioxidants right from the foods you eat. Plus, you want to make sure you’re eating a healthy diet in general, which can save you money on doctor visits and missed work days all year round.

Drink plenty of water, before you get sick and even when you’re sick, to help keep your body hydrated. Berries and citrus fruits are great for boosting immunity and getting the antioxidants your body needs to fight colds and the flu. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants, and it can also help clear your sinuses when you do get sick.

Wash Your Hands, Often

Handwashing is the number one way to keep from getting sick and to keep from spreading illness when you do get sick. Wash your hands after touching anything someone else has touched, including phones and doorknobs. Wash your hands after eating and after using the restroom.

If you are coughing or sneezing it helps to do it into the inside of your elbow, instead of into your hands. You may also want to sanitize the areas around you that you breath on when you are sick to help reduce the spread.

If you do get sick, help speed up recovery, and keep from missing too much work, by getting plenty of sleep, fluids and vitamins.