You know that person. The one who carries a bottle of sanitizer with them everywhere. Always is well rested. Hits the gym regularly. And they're never ever sick.
Some people seem immune to getting sick. But they must be doing something to avoid being under the weather, whether intentional or not.
Follow these tips and see if you can be just like them. Yes, it's impossible to avoid some illness. Try to take matters into your own hands.
- They hit the gym.
We all know that exercise is good for you. In addition to the fitness benefits, it helps better your response to infection, improving your immunity function. It can help flush bacteria out of the airways and lungs and slow the release of stress-related hormones (which can raise your risk of illness). Be sure to practice these Simple Ways to Avoid Germs at the Gym
- They get plenty of sleep.
Studies have found that your immune system suffers when you don't get enough sleep, and you're more prone to getting sick. Sleep gives the body a chance to recuperate and repair itself. That's why it's important to prioritize a good night's sleep over your social life or work. Learn about the secrets of good sleepers.
- They go outside.
When you're outside, you increase your vitamin D levels. That nutrient helps activate your immune response. Fifteen minutes of sunlight a day can increase your vitamin D levels naturally and help ease anxiety symptoms, which can improve your overall health. Even being in the shade helps. Just don't overheat; you want to be comfortable. Check out these tips for outdoor exercise.
- They're positive.
Seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty does the body good. Being optimistic can help fight off heart disease, protect against viruses, lower blood pressure and improve your mental and physical health.
- They get a flu shot.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization—even death. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and flu-related deaths in children. Learn more about how to avoid catching the flu.
- They wash their hands.
Not to freak you out, but your fingertips are home to bacteria. And just think about how often you use those fingers to touch your mouth, nose and eyes. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. When you can't get to a sink, grab some hand sanitizer.
- They do yoga.
Yoga helps detox your mind and your body. Moves that require twists stimulate your thyroid and digestive tracts. Deep, long breaths help promote the process of ridding your body of toxins.
- They drink water.
Your body's natural detox process happens in the liver. One way to help it work properly is to stay hydrated with water and pass on the alcohol and soda. Don't worry, water doesn't have to be basic and boring. Jazz it up by adding lemon, cucumber, mint or any other fruit or veggie. When you make it "special," you're more likely to drink the water.
- They sip on tea.
While all teas are healthy, green tea is among the healthiest. Green tea is full of antioxidants and has been linked to fighting virtually every disease. Get its benefits by drinking just 2.5 cups a day. Learn about the best teas to help you sleep.