- Get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep can lower your immune system. Plan on going to bed earlier than normal.
- Drink plenty of water. There is a lot of talk lately about Americans being chronically dehydrated, which can cause health problems and lower your immune system. Do you drink enough water? You can find out here: http://www.medicinenet.com/dehydration/article.htm
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water. This is a no brainer, but are you doing it long enough to kill the germs? Twenty-seconds is what is recommended. An easy way to know if 20 seconds has passed is sing Happy Birthday twice. Remember to use the paper towel or your elbow to turn off the water.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Good nutrition is key in keeping your immune system healthy.
- Supplement your diet with a multivitamin.
- Wash door knobs, light switches, counter tops, desks, etc. with disinfectant periodically. You can do this both at home and at work.
- Avoid sick people if possible. Of course, we know that isn't always possible.
- Exercise. A brisk walk outside can get your heart pumping and help improve your immune system.
- Do not share utensils and glasses and don't eat after someone. We like to think we would never do that, but how many times have your kids grabbed your water bottle for a drink? Or they leave something on their plate and you use their fork to eat it rather than toss it?
- Add in some relaxation time to your day. Yoga, meditation, a relaxing bath, reading time--whatever you choose. Relaxation helps boost your immune system.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Ten Tips for Avoiding the Flu
Seems everyone is talking about the flu these days! While there is no guarantee that you can avoid contact with it, there are some preventive measures you can take to try to stay healthy. Some are no great surprise, but maybe there will be a couple on this list that you don't know about.
Disclosure: I am not a doctor and this is not to be construed as advice from a doctor. These are just things I have read over the years and wanted to share about how to stay healthy. Please check with your doctor if you have any questions.