We do not need research studies to know that one of the most popular New Year's resolutions that people make is to lose weight. In the winter time, exercise can be more challenging, especially in snow belt states. Since it is cold and flu season, it is important to guard our health with these winter season health tips:
1. Get To Sleep
Research proves that lack of adequate sleep significantly breaks down the immune system. When your routine means that you are sleeping less than seven hours each night, you are increasing the risk of catching a virus.
2. Be Proactive
At the very first hint of a cold symptom, pharmacists recommend taking over the counter antihistamines or zinc based tablets, like Coldeeze and ibuprofen. If you have special health issues, always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over the counter products.
3. Wash Hands Frequently
The simplest thing you can do is wash your hands several times per day using soap and warm water. This actually does not kill a virus but will remove the virus from your hands. Alcohol based hand gels are good to carry in your purse or briefcase. These cost as little as 99 cents at a corner drugstore for the travel size.
4. Nasal Flush
Research indicates that squirting saline solution into your nostrils helps flush out viruses. This is an inexpensive prevention measure.
5. Get Moving and Exercise
Getting regular physical activity (as simple as a brisk walk for 20 minutes) actually increases your rate of metabolism and energizes the cells in your body to fight off viruses faster. Do you need more motivation? Think about reviewing weight loss and fitness program options. Some services offer a free consultation either in person or over the phone.
6. Smart Money, Smart Treatment
There are a ton of products on the drugstore shelf to treat colds and flu. As a smart consumer, do not rely on the repetitive television commercials to make your decision on which product to use to treat your cold or flu. Keep in mind that different products are designed to target specific symptoms of cold or flu. Ask the pharmacist and do not be afraid of buying a store brand version of a particular product to save money. As a matter of fact, store brand ibuprofen is just as effective as Advil but you can get it at a considerably lower price.
Nathan Randall is editor of the Daily Dollar Newsletter[http://www.dailydollarnewsletter.com] which provides consumers with free daily advice on money matters and provides coupons and discount codes at Daily Dollar Coupons [http://www.dailydollarcoupons.com]. FYI...you can now access the Daily Dollar Newsletter via iTunes podcast, YouTube video, and on Facebook and Twitter too.
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