It’s winter, which also means it’s flu season. Avoid getting sick and stay germ-free with these tips!

As I sit here sniffling next to my pile of tissues I urge you my fellow Coloradans… don’t be like me. Flu season is upon us, and if it’s not the flu it’s a cold, maybe a slight cough or possibly just the sniffles. Regardless, there are ways to avoid the winter blues, and ways to avoid getting sick and to combat the sniffs you may already have. Avoid touching things avoid getting sick Seems vague, but close your eyes and walk through your day. Holding onto railings, pushing elevator buttons, opening/closing doors. You touch a lot of things during the day, and these things carry a lot of germs from others. Then, throughout the day you touch your face, rub your eyes, eat… you do the math. Try not holding onto railings, use your back or elbows to open doors, or simply wash your hands more frequently.   Stay home if you’re sick If you’re not feeling well, it’s useless to come into work or school and get everyone else around you sick. That only turns the illness into a circulating chain of sick that everyone will hate you for.   Drink TONS of water avoid getting sick Staying hydrated is key regardless if you’re feeling well or not. Flush out your sickness with tons of water! It’s also important to hydrate on the outside as well. Lower humidity and temperatures help the flu spread. Humidity kills the virus, so invest in a humidifier; they aren’t too expensive and the benefits are tremendous.   Eat Well "Diet is the fuel that runs the complex human machine and all of its parts, including the immune system," says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. No truer words have been spoken. While chicken noodle soup is a sick-time-staple, muster up the energy to make some from scratch with lots of veggies, real chicken and significantly less sodium than canned soup. Keep essential protein power players like fish, lean meats, or beans. These help build white blood cells, which defend the body. Bright fruits and veggies provide immune boosting antioxidants. Lastly, omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts, fatty fish, and flax seed) to keep the immune system balanced. Keeping a healthy diet will let you avoid getting sick.   Keep it Moving avoid getting sick Stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions and keep exercising! Exercise can help you avoid getting sick by stimulating immune cells that target viruses and infections. A study done found that people who did regular moderate exercise had better chances fighting of inflammation and cold infections than those who didn’t. Just keep in mind, if you're already sick, don't push yourself TOO hard, light exercise is fine. Also, ESPECIALLY if you're already sick, don't go to a public gym. No matter how hard you wipe down that equipment you're adding tons of germs to an already pretty germ infested environment. You don't want to be the guy to spread a cold to all of Colorado do you?!

Stuck at home sick on a chilly day? Try any one of these dishes to warm yourself up!