Tips For North Dakotans To Stay Healthy For 6 More Weeks Of Winter
Today is Groundhog Day. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den, and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. Sadly, he predicted 6 more weeks of winter earlier today.
Now, with that prediction, it is a good idea to keep your immune system boosted as we continue with February, and 6 more weeks of winter! The CDC offers 6 tips to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
Eat well with an emphasis on fruits and veggies. Try to incorporate lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat milk and dairy products into your daily meals. It's not always easy, but it is something to shoot for. It's also recommended to limit saturated fats, sugars, and salt...you know, all the good stuff.
Staying physically active, especially in the winter months is tough. But staying active helps reduce anxiety, helps you sleep better, and just makes you feel better. Eating well and staying active also helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Get Enough Sleep
The CDC recommends getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Evidence proves that sleep loss can affect the immune system, which can lead to many issues.
This one is a given. Smoking makes your body less successful at fighting off disease. It also increases immune issues.
Put Down The Booze
I know. Super Bowl is in February, and it's a great time to get your drink on. That said, over time, lots of booze and beer can weaken your immune system.
Doing all of this is not a guarantee you will not end up under the weather, but it can't hurt!