13 April 2020
By Gaby Herbst
The cold months are almost over, warmer monts are upon us and it seems people should be getting healthier. Instead emergency rooms around the country are bracing for the “second wave” of this year’s flu season, as well as preparing for the possibility of more cases of the newly emerged Coronavirus. Even without this new disease, and the seasonal flu, during these winter months your body could also be experiencing a decrease in Vitamin D, and other essential nutrients needed to maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin D levels decline in the winter months with their lowest levels experienced in March, which coincidentally coincides with the “second wave” of the seasonal flu. As doctors work to fight both the flu and the coronavirus, what are ways that you can protect yourself and your health?
Prevention is not simply earlier diagnosis. True prevention starts with the foundation of your body - micronutrients.
This flu shot vaccine reminder comes after a particularly intense flu season last year, which sent more than 30,000 people to the hospital, and resulted in 329 deaths in California, and killed 171 children nationwide — the highest number recorded in any non-pandemic year since 2004 when the CDC began tracking pediatric deaths. To properly protect yourself this flu season, the CDC recommends that all adults and children older than six months be vaccinated by the end of October 2018.
How many hours a day to you spend sitting at work? If you work at a desk job, this time sitting probably comes close to your entire workday. According to the New York Times, many Americans spend up to six or seven hours sitting at their desks each day. We are not doing ourselves any favors staying sedentary for long periods of time. In fact, the damage can be so long lasting that even daily trips to the gym will not be able to reverse the harm done. Sitting might as well be the new smoking.