Tips to Help You Stay Healthy This Winter
Posted on September 20, 2018 by Family Physicians in Trinity
Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time for you to evaluate the steps you are taking to stay healthy. Nobody wants to endure a winter of the flu and common cold. Even if you think you’re taking the necessary steps to shield yourself and your family from illness this winter, take a look at these tips to make sure you’re covering all your bases.
Get the Flu Shot!
There is a great deal of misinformation out there about the flu shot, but the bottom line is that it is designed to protect your health. Since the flu shot is made with dead flu cells, it cannot make you sick like so many people think. The flu shot will help your immune system learn to fight strains of the flu if they infect your body in the future.
If you don’t want to get the flu shot for your own benefit, get it for the benefit of the children and elderly people around you on a regular basis. Their immune systems are far more susceptible to the flu, and those with weak immune systems can become seriously ill or even die from the flu, so by protecting yourself you are really protecting others.
Take a Probiotic
Your immune system relies on your gut to stay strong. This means that a bacteria imbalance in your gut can weaken your immune system significantly. Probiotics prevent this by delivering healthy bacteria into your GI tract to balance your gut.
Probiotics also support the digestive system, so you can alleviate bloating, gas, stomach aches, and other problems. You won’t even realize how stressed your gut has become until you take a probiotic and feel that weight lifted out of your stomach.
Improve Your Lifestyle Habits
Sometimes the simplest changes are the most powerful. By drinking plenty of water, sleeping 8 hours a night, exercising on a regular basis, and eating fresh, healthy foods like veggies, fruits, nuts, and grains, you will automatically put your body in a better position to fight disease and feel energetic.
When in doubt, call (727) 375-5885 to make an appointment with your physician at Family Medical Center in Trinity or Port Richey, Florida.