December 8, 2014

Be Well and Don’t Get Sick!

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By Brittany Fleck, USC Student

It seems that finals season has approached overnight. The absolute worst thing is getting sick when you need to buckle down and study. When your head is heavy and your nose is stuffy, all you want to do is curl up in a little ball under a million blankets. The most important thing to prevent sickness is something so simple—Getting a good night’s sleep. And that means 8 hours! Sleep is one of the best ways to relieve stress and boost your immune system. Also it is a chance for your body to take a break when it is usually on overload.

Next, it’s important to be on a good workout routine. People who exercised vigorously (really anything that gets your heart pumping) for two and a half hours a week were about 10 percent less likely to come down with a flu-like illness, according to Women’s Health. Be mindful though that overworking yourself can have a negative affect.

Practicing yoga is a great way to relieve stress and boost body health. Not only is yoga good for promoting physical health, but also it helps immensely with keeping our head on straight mentally. Also certain poses and sequences can stimulate the four main physiological systems—the circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine systems—which rev up your immunity.

In addition you need to make sure you that you are eating right. Stock up your pantry the way it should be. I am not totally convinced that an apple a day actually keeps the doctor away. It is known though that certain foods, specifically those containing antioxidants, have the power to fight certain viruses and improve over all health. Look for foods high in probiotics and vitamins as well. Stay away from food with added sugar though because they could compromise your immune system.

Good luck on finals and Be Well USC!