The cold and flu seasons are upon us. You've probably had more than one co-worker by now that's had to call out sick. Trying to prevent yourself from being next?

You may not be able to completely stop a cold indefinitely, but there are definitely ways to boost your immune system to ensure that even if you do come down with a bug, you won't be sick and miserable for too long.

 

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    Get Plenty of Vitamin C

    If you're someone whose diet lacks the appropriate recommended servings of vitamin C per day, that's first thing to adjust. Be mindful of how much you're taking in every day. Vitamin C is your immune system's number one booster. Your immune system's t-cells and phagocytes depend on it to fight off any illness, so make sure you're getting enough!

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    Get Enough Sleep

    If you're not getting enough sleep, you're basically setting yourself up for an infection of some kind. Your body's systems can't function properly without enough rest. Your immune system releases chemicals, proteins, and such while you're sleeping to combat any toxins in your body. If you're not getting an adequate amount of sleep, you're already at a disadvantage.

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    Stay Hydrated

    You should be doing this every day all day, but it's imperative during cold and flu season. Make sure you're getting plenty of water! Not to mention, staying hydrated loosens any nasty phlegm in your system.

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    Eat Green Veggies

    Green veggies are LOADED with vitamins and minerals. All the better to help your immune system fight off illness, so eat up!

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    Get Outside

    Studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D contributes to a weak immune system. Easiest way to absorb some? Sunlight! Get outside, even if it's for only ten to fifteen minutes, and allow your body to soak up some sun! Vitamin D can be found in sunlight, so if you're outside for a few minutes every day, you should be able to absorb enough. If not, there's always supplements you can take, but nothing beats absorbing it naturally.