Let’s face it: college is kind of a gross place. Between shared desks and across-campus treks, bacteria spread faster than you can say ACHOO. Getting sick is a part of life, but getting sick in college tends to simply add to our stress. Illness doesn’t have to drag out for a week or more, though—you can make it more bearable!Take a second or two each day to take a multivitamin and make sure that you eat all the fruits and veggies that you can. Adequate nutrition strengthens your immune system to keep your body healthy and flu-free. This article from the Cleveland Clinic gives a rundown of nutrients that boost immunity and examples of the best foods to incorporate into your diet. Make a habit of drinking lots of water and only drinking alcohol in moderation. While coffee is the best friend of many a college student, don’t brew a pot in the afternoon or evening: consistent sleep is another major way to give your immune system a hand. If feel like you need a boost to make it through a class or are just craving a hot beverage, try tea. It has far less caffeine than coffee and fewer calories (that is, if you drink coffee like I do: with a couple tablespoons of creamer).This doesn’t apply to prescription medications, by the way. Those should always be safely disposed of after their expiration date.
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