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How to Stay Healthy in Cold Weather 

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As temperatures drop and we approach cold and flu season, it’s easy to get sick. Here are a few tips for keeping the cold away!

  1. Bundle Up

Your parents always told you to bundle up as a kid.

Wear a jacket, warm shoes, and even a hat. Heat escapes from your head and feet the fastest, so make sure you’re covered.

When your body is too cold and you step into a warm room the drastic temperature change throws your system off-balance. Therefore, wear a warm jacket with good insulation to keep body heat.

2. Stay Hydrated

Keep drinking water! When the cold comes, you may find yourself indulging more in hot drinks like coffee, tea or warm cider. But those drinks cause dehydration and lead to sickness.

Keep a reusable water bottle with you all the time and refill it throughout the day.

Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day. And if you feel like you need a warm drink, try having warm water with a lemon.

3. Stock up on Citrus

Eat lots of citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges. The Vitamin C will boost your immune system and help fight colds.

4. Vitamin D

You can get your fix of Vitamin D from sunlight and fish oils! When it gets cold and we coop ourselves up indoors, we don’t get as much Vitamin D as necessary.

When you’re studying for hours in the library, try sitting near a sunny window to get that healthy dose of sunlight. And if you don’t like fish, daily fish oil capsules will do the job.

5. Get Sleep

Most importantly, remember to get plenty of rest during the cold & flu season. You hear it all the time, but it will really help you keep healthy!

About the author: Sky Cowans

Sky Cowans is a senior broadcast journalism major. She is currently an evening news anchor for ELN. Originally from Beverly, Massachusetts, Sky is passionate about health and fitness. She is also a group exercise instructor for Elon Campus Recreation and enjoys teaching power yoga. Last fall, Sky lived in Copenhagen Denmark for four months where she studied cross-cultural communications. She also serves as a Global Ambassador for Elon. Sky hopes to pursue a career in either broadcast news or health and wellness journalism.