7 ways to avoid colds and flu this winter
Flu season is almost upon us again this year, so how do you intend to stay sniffle free? Wearing a face mask and gloves to work doesn’t seem like an option, nor does avoiding everyone who coughs or sneezes. Can you avoid shaking someone’s hand or touching a doorknob barehanded? While you may not be able to avoid all germ contamination, here are a few ways of fighting back:
Wash your hands, often: If you wash your hands after touching other people’s hands or any other contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs, you have a good change of flushing the germs away before they get hold of you. Try to avoid touching your eyes or nose with hands that are not sanitized as these are the easiest places for germs to enter your body. If you can’t wash your hands that often, get a hand sanitizer to use to reduce the germs on your hands. Don’t stick your nails in your mouth either as germs hide under fingernails fairly easily too.
Sleep tight: When you don’t get enough rest, your body is fatigued and unable to fight back against germs the way it should. Aim for a minimum of 8 hours sleep every night to help your body’s natural germ defense.
Flu shots: Try and get your flu shot early before the main bouts of flu hit so that your immune system is boosted and strengthened ahead of the flu season.
Build up your strength: Eat healthy with lots of fruit and vegetables to boost your immune system, which will help you against germs including the flu virus. Regular exercise also helps improve your immune system and gets your blood flowing to improve overall health. Stop bad habits such as smoking which increases your risk of lung diseases as well as reduces your overall immune system. Keep yourself hydrated to assist the body with fighting viruses.
Avoid sick people where possible: Although it may be difficult to avoid people showing flu symptoms all the time, try and stay away from those you can, including not visiting homes where people are sick. Stay away from shopping centers and places which may have plenty sick people. Try and shop online where possible. Disinfect your hand bag and other items that may pick up germs from being touched or handled often or even sneezed and coughed on by other people.
Be happy: Being positive and taking part in activities that are fun and stimulating such as playing with your pet or sexual intercourse can have a direct influence on your immune system. Feeling happy and thinking positively boosts your immune, helping you fight off germs.
Don’t sneeze or cough in to your hands: If you do not have a tissue handy to cough or sneeze in to, turn your face in to the crook of your arm. This will help you prevent the spread of the germs to those around you. Recommend this to others as a preventative measure as well, for a healthier environment. Throw away used tissues, don’t leave them lying around to contaminate surfaces.
Stay strong and work at giving your body what it needs to help fight the flu germs. You might want to look at boosting your vitamin C and taking herbal supplements such as echinea to enhance the natural power of your body’s immune system.