It happens year after year—as fall and winter temperatures begin to drop, the incidence of seasonal infections begins to rise. For many, dodging a seasonal illness seems like a pipe dream, and we can only hope to not get too sick, for too long.
But there are many proactive measures you can take to reduce your risk of becoming sick, and possibly even avoid seasonal illness altogether.
- Exercise daily: Physical activity has been shown to flush bacteria out of your lungs and airways, protecting you from infection. Regular exercise also supports white blood cells (WBCs), helping them circulate more rapidly to fight disease.
- Eat fresh food: Despite an abundance of fresh produce, thanks to global shipping, people eat less fresh food during the cold winter months, opting instead for hot foods high in carbohydrates that make them feel warm and happy. Skipping the salad bar may increase your risk of seasonal illness.
- Get plenty of sunshine: Your body needs sunshine to stay healthy, yet the shorter colder days of winter make it difficult to get adequate exposure. Get outdoors when you can, and consider UVB indoor tanning to boost your daily dose of D3.
- Practice good hygiene: Frequent handwashing is essential for avoiding seasonal illness. Take advantage of the cold temperatures and wear gloves in public, and keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
- Avoid airborne pathogens: Most winter pathogens are airborne, meaning that when someone coughs or sneezes, they spew infectious particles into the air that can make you sick. Tuck your scarf over your mouth and nose in public, and crank up the overhead fan on aircraft and other enclosed spaces to push infectious particles away from you.
- Turn down the heat: Indoor heating systems dry out the air, increasing your risk of contracting an airborne infection. Keep your living space cool and break out your snuggie. Adding a humidifier near your bed can keep your mucus membranes from drying out and help you sleep, which is also essential for immune health.
- Get an IV micronutrient boost: Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids play critical roles in boosting your immune system so it can effectively fight off invading pathogens. Yet comfort foods and holiday banquets rarely meet your nutritional needs. A micronutrient IV cocktail drips potent immune boosting nutrients directly into your bloodstream, so they can go to work to support your immune system.
An immune-boosting cocktail includes specific nutrients that are often deficient in winter, including:
- Vitamin B12: Also known as the energy vitamin, B12 will help you get the most from your winter workouts while doing its part to ward off infectious disease.
- Vitamin C: This antiviral antioxidant is essential for wellness. As a water-soluble vitamin, your body cannot store it, so you need to get a regular dose, especially in winter.
- Vitamin D3: With decreased exposure to sunlight that comes with the season, you cannot afford to ignore your immune system’s need for the sunshine vitamin.
- Zinc: This mineral has been shown time and again to resist seasonal infections and shorten their duration.
Micronutrient IV Therapy in NYC
Living in the Big Apple means you come in contact with hundreds of people daily, many of whom are sick. With such a high risk of infection, you need all the help you can get.
Contact Advanced Cryo NYC in the heart of SoHo, and schedule your immune boosting micronutrient IV session today. While you relax in Advanced Cryo’s spa-like clinic, ask to see our menu of unique therapies, all designed to keep you looking and feeling young, healthy and beautiful in any season.