8 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick ...


Everyone I know is looking for ways to avoid getting sick.

Cold and flu season is almost upon us, and even if you get the flu shot, there’s no guarantee you’ll avoid getting sick.

But there are some tried-and-true alternatives that are incredibly effective at warding off infection.

What are they, and how do they work, keeping you healthy while everyone else is at home, going through box after box of Kleenex?

Here are 8 ways to avoid getting ill.

1. Wash Your Hands

This may sound like a basic, but researchers have shown over and over again that the best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands, often and thoroughly.

You don’t need special antibacterial soap, just warm water and about 1 minute of lather time.

Wash every time you handle food, touch your hair, or use the restroom, and also after you come into contact with someone who’s sick and came to work anyway.

2. Eat Well

You are what you eat!

So if you eat junk food, you’re going to be a lot more susceptible to illness.2

Make sure you’re eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day, along with lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains.

3. Clean These Things

Nasty cold and flu germs reside on things we all touch every day.

It’s important to wash your hands after you touch them, and to add a little more sickness prevention, wipe them down every day.

What needs a thorough cleaning?

Your office phone, restroom door handles, computer keyboards, and the like.

Gas pumps are also germ-infested icky-things, but you probably don’t want to go around washing those.

Just wash well after you pump gas.

4. Don’t Share

You may be tempted to make poor sick Mary in Accounting a hot cup of tea in your favorite big mug, but don’t.

Sharing your cups and spoons and such will only help spread germs, making you as sick as poor Mary.

By all means, make her the tea, but use a disposable cup instead.

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