The weather is changing. It’s getting colder outside. I always fear it. Why? Because it always seems as soon as the kids go back to school and fall approaches the flu bug comes knocking on our door. And each year it gets worse and worse. So this year I’m going to be prepared. So should you, and here are 10 ways you can stay healthy this cold & flu season.
Tip #1 – Avoiding Germs
Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth while you are out or after touching something someone might have contaminated. Do wash your hands a lot with just warm soap and water. Wear a mask around others who might be sick to avoid the spread of germs.
Tip #2 – Disinfect Commonly Touched Areas
I never used to do this but I do it now. It’s important to me to keep the high traffic areas of our home clean, such as: counters, doorknobs, sinks, faucet taps, telephones, remote controls, and light switches. It’s just good practice I think to keep all those areas clean.
Tip #3 – Adults Take Your Vitamins
Our family uses Vitafusion Men’s & Women’s Complete Multivitamin. I like them because not only do they offer everything our bodies need to boost our immune systems but they taste great and they are chewy. The kids take L’il Critters. They come in two great types: Despicable Me Minion Made and Barbie. They convert food to energy and you don’t have to twist kids rubber arms to get them to enjoy being healthy.
Tip #4 – Avoid Going Out
If you feel under the weather and sick but you aren’t sure, avoid going outside. It might seem like a good idea to hit the gym and sweat it out or go for coffee with a friend. But honestly your body will tell you when it’s had enough and in order to fend off a virus what you need is rest.
Tip #5 – Rest is the Best Medicine
Speaking of rest. It’s important to get enough sleep. I have a problem with this myself, sometimes not sleeping more than three hours a day which does nothing but lower my immune system allowing those nasty flu bugs to attack. No matter what you try to get some rest if you feel that nasty cold bug coming make sure your body isn’t tired.
Tip #6 – Don’t Drink Alcohol
Okay. It might seem silly but it’s not. Alcohol is one of the worst things you can drink if you are feeling under the weather. It truly affects your immune system and even helps those nasty cold bugs earn their way through your body. So to avoid getting ill — Avoid the drink.
Tip #7 – Hydration Please
Good ole’ H20 is one of our best defenses against a cold. Drink plenty of water and fluids to help keep you hydrated and will help to minimize a cold or the flu from coming on.
Tip #8 – Flu Shot
Now this one is controversy because your health is your business. But many believe getting a flu shot helps with colds and flu before they come on. It won’t stop a cold or flu but can prevent you from getting it worse. The choice is yours.
Tip #9 – Eating Right
Eating right can go a long way to help you not get sick. Eating healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants can help protect your immune system from imminent attacks.
Tip #10 – Be Prepared
If you do get sick the best and final defense is being prepared to ride it out. Having the right medicines handy can help you feel better. Get plenty of rest. Follow your doctor’s directions. Stay warm. Drink lots of tea and just basically take care of yourself.
It’s no fun being sick. What are some other preventative measures you follow to help protect you and your family against colds and flu?