Top 5 tips to keep yourself healthy these holidays

Even in the unusual times, the all-time health prevention strategies are the best!

This year has surely been an unusual one with the pandemic and during winters, it is a time to stay on top with your health. You may be wondering if you should invest in more supplements or in the cleaning products to ensure that you are away from the virus. So, we have news for you. Even though the virus this year may be different from other years, but the strategies need not really change. Here are some of the top tips and preventive care guidelines that can help you keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe.

1. Washing or Sanitizing your hands: Cleaning your hands whether with a soap and water or hand sanitizer which is alcohol based can both be useful to keep away the germs from your eyes, nose, or mouth.

2. Avoid large gatherings & wear mask: It goes without saying that we need to make sure we all wear masks if we go out and avoid going to crowded areas. Also avoid bringing in strangers into your home during holidays.

3. Good nutrition and exercise: Ensure that you are working on your immune system to fight disease by following a nutrient-rich diet including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Regular exercises and good night sleep are simple types of preventive care that can augment your well-being and resisting infectious diseases.

4. Visit Doctor if needed: Don’t hesitate to visit your doctor for regular check-ups as it may keep you at a higher risk. Take up your regular appointments and visit your family doctor else ask them to visit you. You can also do a check up discussion over a video as it can help in catching any potential problems early and treat it quickly.

5. Vaccinations: Remember that vaccinations are not only for kids, they are known to help boost your immune system and protect you against some viruses and infectious agents. Although COVID-19 is of high importance right now, we should not forget about other diseases and flus. Ensure you get your annual flu shot this year. Adults should also take their regular tetanus and new shingles vaccines. Those who are above 65 years of age, may also want to take the pneumococcal vaccine for protection against a type of pneumonia which is not really related to COVID-19.

However, the final verdict in preventing your environment germ-free is by wiping surfaces clean as well as disinfecting that space to deactivate any virus. All you need for this is a cleaning cloth and regular cleaning products. So, just take all the above precautions and ensure that your home is germ free as much as possible. If you need any support, do not hesitate to contact West Cary Family Physicians to assist you anytime.