Cold and flu season is the most terrible part of the winter months. It can put a damper on all of the fun parts of the season. No one enjoys getting sick. So what can you do to avoid falling victim to cold and flu season? It turns out that there is actually a lot that you can do to avoid these common germs.
Table of contents:
- take your flu shot
- get enough sleep
- eat right
- take a multivitamin
- drink orange juice
- avoid sick people
- wash & sanitize your hands regularly
1 Take Your Flu Shot
One of the best things you can do stay well during cold and flu season is to take a flu shot. A flu shot is a yearly vaccine that is designed to lower your chances of catching the flu. If you do get the flu despite taking a flu shot, you will most likely have a much milder case of it. The flu is much more serious than the common cold and can even have severe complications especially if you have a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes. If you are afraid of needles, there is also a vaccine available you can take through the form of a nasal spray.
2 Get Enough Sleep
Let’s be honest here. How many of us truly get enough sleep? I know this is a battle for me because I can always see one more chore to complete or want to read just one more chapter in a good book. But sleep is very important to having a strong immune system. Make it a goal to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night for the best defense against colds and flus.
3 Eat Right
You cannot expect your immune system to be strong against colds and flus when all you give it to work with is junk. Your body needs good nutrition to be at its best. This does not mean that you can’t have a treat now and then. I know I am not going to give up all the treats of the season! You can enjoy your treats but be sure to keep them in perspective and make sure you are getting enough healthy nutrition as well.
4 Take a Multivitamin
I am a firm believer in vitamins! I believe that the best vitamins come from natural sources but supplements are a great thing to add in. Think of them as being needed to fill in the gaps in your diet. A multivitamin should be a must for everyone but there are other vitamins that are helpful in staying healthy during cold and flu season. If you want even more defense, try Vitamin C, Lysine and Zinc. Of course, you should talk to your doctor before you make any changes in your medications.
5 Drink Orange Juice
This is a tip straight from my beloved Daddy and it works. And this is a tip I would swear by because I have seen it work. The amount of times I became ill each cold and flu season dropped drastically once I put this tip into practice. I know there are other ways that you can get a good source of vitamin C but a glass of OJ seems to work best of all. In addition, it makes a very tasty breakfast beverage.
6 Avoid Sick People
You cannot possibly expect to stay well if you do not avoid people that are sick. I absolutely go out of my way to avoid people that are sick. If this means skipping out on dinner at a friend’s house or sitting away from someone who is coughing at the movie theater, I am all for it. Missing out on a bit of fun is much better than getting a nasty bug. While you cannot avoid every germ out there, it makes sense to avoid the ones that you can.
7 Wash & Sanitize Your Hands Regularly
Doctors say that this is the number one way to stay well during cold and flu season. We really don’t realize how many surfaces we touch as we go throughout our day. Then, after touching all of those filthy surfaces we touch our face in some way and then before you know it, you are sick! Avoid this by washing your hands and using sanitizer regularly. I keep sanitizer stashed in my purse, my car and on the kitchen sink so it is easy to grab.
This is a subject that everyone can benefit from so we should all share our knowledge. How do you stay healthy during cold and flu season? What secrets do you swear by?
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