Adapted from Parents Magazine

It’s that time of year when sickness seems to be all around! Here are a few tips from Parents Magazine to help stay healthy this winter!

Wash Up – frequently wash your hands and teach your children to do the same. Use soap and water and work up a lather, wash for 30 seconds before eating and after you go to the bathroom – wash under your fingernails too – that’s where the germs lurk.

 

Change your tooth brush – after you’ve had a cold, the flu, or a sore throat.

 

 

Go Towards the Light – get some vitamin D, exercise, and light therapy. To keep your kids upbeat, get them outside whenever there is a sunny day. About 15 minutes of play in the soon is a good mood-lifter.

 

Wet Your Whistle – you might not feel as thirsty int he cold weather and if you become dehydrated you are more vulnerable to getting sick. Water helps the body carry nutrients to cells and get rid of toxins. Without enough water, you start dragging. Drink half your weight in ounces everyday! (So if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces.)

 

Fill Up on Fiber – fiber in foods like oats, apples, and nuts help reduce inflammation and strengthens the immune system by increasing anti-inflammatory proteins. Suggested daily fiber intake for children ages 4 to 8 is 25 grams a day. An apple has 3.5 grams of fiber.

 

Chill – stress can cause an illness for two main reasons. First our immune system does not function well when stressed and second, we are more likely to engage in unhealthy habits when stressed. Chill out by heading to the movies, building a snowman, or just breathing deeply for a few minutes.

 

Keep Moving – get your workout by shoveling snow – an hour of shoveling burns 400 calories. Download some  apps that encourage exercise –  Motion Maze, Kids Yoga Journey, Zombies, Run! Read 9 Games and Apps that Encourage Kids to Get Physical for more ideas!