How to Prevent Illnesses During the Spring and Summer

As warm weather is arriving throughout much of the United States, as is an increase in cases of preventable illnesses. Poor health habits weaken the immune system, increasing the likelihood of illness. 

There is nothing more uncomfortable than being sick in the summertime heat. Continue reading to learn more about how to get and stay healthy this spring and summer. 

Get Healthy

People who practice healthy habits have stronger immune systems than those with unhealthy habits. A strong immune system will fight off illnesses and keep you healthy and able to enjoy your outdoor activities. The first step that one must take to improving their health is to eliminate existing bad habits. A few of the most common unhealthy habits include:

  • Sugary Drinks
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Others unhealthy habits include too much screen time (sitting down in front of television or computer screens) and consuming junk food.

Keep Yourself Healthy

The following practices that are important to remember to keep your body healthy.

Get Enough Sleep

The most important thing that you can do for your health is to ensure that you get enough sleep. Children under 12 need anywhere from 9-12 hours of sleep every night. While adults need at least seven hours of sleep to stay healthy.

Use Protection Against the Sun

Use sunscreen with an SPF of at 15 and remember to reapply regularly. Hats and sunglasses also provide additional protection from harmful rays.

Diet and Exercise 

Your health is directly linked to the fuel you put inside your body. Be sure to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies, opt for lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grain foods.

Your overall wellness results from the amount and quality of exercise you perform. The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise.

Walk-In Patients are Welcome at Urgent Care Centers

Urgent Care Centers treat a range of non-emergency illnesses, including summer colds, allergies, and infections. Urgent care also offers telehealth visits for those who do not want to be seen in the office. 

If your outdoor activities have resulted in a minor injury for you or your family you can stop in at a local Urgent Care Center for treatment. A team of medical professionals is available to diagnose, treat, and help get you on the track to recovery.

Contact your local Urgent Care Center for more information about the services available.