Getting sick is never fun. It’s not like high school where you can just miss a class or two and your teacher will help you make the work up. In college you don’t get to make the work up, you just missed the day. So, it behooves us to take care of ourselves so that we don’t miss out on assignments and points. With flu season fast approaching, we recommend that you take a time out and follow a few steps to boost your immune system.

First, drink up your lemons kids. Lemons help you balance your acid-alkali levels. Why does that matter? It maintains your body temperature and supports healthy bacteria.

Second, get the urge to go herbal. Taking herbal supplements helps you get those vitamins that keep you healthy and strong. If you get fresh herbs and whole foods, they are preferable to supplements. However if you don’t have the time or inclination to fix those type of foods, getting a supplement is right idea. What do they do? Simply stated, they boost your immune system by providing essential nutrients.

Third, GO TO BED! It is important to get six-to-eight hours of sleep each night. Each person is different and needs different amounts of sleep. Once you find out how much you need, get it! If you get the sleep you need, your body can balance out its hormone levels.

Fourth, get your drink on (drinking water that is). You should be drinking lots of water every day (this is not news). To discover how much you need to drink, take how much you weigh in pounds and half it. Once you have that number, drink that many ounces of water each day.

Sixth, stop juicing with java. Let’s get this straight once and for all, coffee is not good for you! Chocolate and coffee are some of the worst things for your health. Caffeine takes minerals and vitamins from your body and dehydrates you. Sorry everyone. I don’t make the facts, I just report them.

Seventh, give up the jujubes. Refined sugar makes you gain weight, disrupts your ability to maintain normal energy levels and think clearly. Furthermore, don’t use artificial sweeteners (they are worse for you than refined sugar).

Eight, fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes. All of that stuff is going to keep you from getting ill. Not only that, but it helps your body get natural energy and helps maintain your weight.

Nine, get some exercise. I shouldn’t have to explain this one.

Ten, take care of yourself, ya hear? Relax a little. School can get stressful and life can seem overwhelming at times. When that happens, take a break: get a message, take a hot bath or take a quick nap. If you take a mental health day every once and a while, you’ll be happier and much less likely to get sick.

You know just as well as I do, being sick is no fun. So, why not take the steps to avoid it? Plus, those are all great ways to live your life in general. If you don’t care about getting sick, at least care about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Those steps are a great way to do it.

Author: Andrew Snow is a freelance writer for My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them, helps them understand how they can find the best online colleges, and which ones they can choose from to reach their goals.