It’s getting to be that time of year again, here are 11 tips for preventing a cold or flu
Wash and Dry Your Hands Regularly
It goes without saying that washing your hands with soap and warm water is the most important thing you can do to prevent getting sick.
Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs
Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow instead of covering with your hands.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood and can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell that attacks viruses.
Eat the Right Food
Cut back on sugary and fatty foods, and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Proper nutrition provides the body with the elements it needs to fight the battle.
If there weren’t enough reason not to smoke, heavy smokers get more frequent and severe colds, because smoke dries out nasal passages and destroys cilia, in your nose that sweep cold and flu viruses out of the nasal passages.
Cut Out Alcohol and Drink More Water
Instead, reach for water, which is important to fight the dehydrating effects of dry winter air.
Alcohol on the other hand, suppresses the part of the immune system that protects you from getting sick and the part that fights germs already in your system.
Smile and Relax More
Research has found that happiness, laughter and pleasurable activities boost the immune response. So participate in relaxation practices, watch a good comedy, kick back at the lake or get a massage.
Get Enough Sleep
While you sleep your body repairs cells and injuries from a normal day’s wear and tear. Research shows adults should get between seven to nine hours of sleep a night, this allows your body to repair and heal itself and ward off infections.
Break Your Germy Habits
No double dipping in the chip and dip bowl, not only is it germy but it’s down right disgusting.
Door handles, stair railings, computer keyboards, phones, toothbrushes, restaurant menus, grocery carts, gas pumps and remote controls are known germ hotspots that should be cleaned and sanitized.
The more tips you can incorporate into your routine, the better this cold season will go for you! Please let us know if you have any questions or need help deciding what you need to do to improve your immune system or overall health.
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This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.