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Beat The Cold and Flu Season With These 3 Simple Steps

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Have you ever wondered why the cold and flu season always spikes during the late fall through early spring? According to Scientific American, the answer is not entirely clear, but it is possible that since people are gathered closely during this time of year, that leads to the quick spreading of germs. If you're determined not to let the common cold or flu keep you from working out, hanging with your friends, or steal your shine this winter, try these three preventative nutrition tips that will help you dodge days laid up in the bed.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

Stay hydrated and active.

It is crucial to remain hydrated during the winter months. Be sure to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. In addition, orange juice and grapefruit juice, which are both vitamin c rich, are great alternative drinks to keep your thirst quenched. Just don't overdo it because they may contain added sugar.

Did you know that sweat evaporates faster in the winter months? This could lead to you being more parched than usual after a workout. If you have a strenuous exercise routine planned, you may need to modify it while ill. However, if you begin to feel flu symptoms, experts suggest that you rest and take your time until your health improves.

Know which foods will benefit your immune system.

If you are unsure where to begin, complete the quiz below and you are on your way to using nutrition as a guide for your health. As mentioned in the quiz below, click here for an easy pizza recipe. This homemade pizza is topped with ingredients your body will thank you for. 

Share these immune-boosting tips with others who are in need.

Are you struggling to think of creative gift ideas? Give the gift of immunity this holiday season. Feeling under the weather is never fun when your calendar is jam-packed with social outings. If someone you love is already impacted by the common cold, you can contribute to their speedy recovery by crafting a DIY "Get Well Soon" gift basket. This would be a thoughtful and timely gift anyone will appreciate. 

Do you have any natural home remedies you can share? List them below and check out this game-changing tip a sweat sister shared with us on Instagram.

SAVOR REPORTER | Zaria Rayes is a junior biology pre-med major with a minor in finance at Hampton University. Her ultimate career goal is to become a pediatrician. At an early age, she realized her passion for community service and healthy living. The 20-year-old Las Vegas native enjoys writing as a form of creative expression. Zaria has remained actively involved on campus at Hampton University as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, and the Honors College.