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.

  1. Get plenty of rest.  Lack of sleep can lower your immune system.  Plan on going to bed earlier than normal.
  2. 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:
  3. 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.
  4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Good nutrition is key in keeping your immune system healthy.
  5. Supplement your diet with a multivitamin. 
  6. Wash door knobs, light switches, counter tops, desks, etc. with disinfectant periodically.  You can do this both at home and at work.  
  7. Avoid sick people if possible.  Of course, we know that isn't always possible.
  8. Exercise.  A brisk walk outside can get your heart pumping and help improve your immune system.
  9. 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?
  10. Add in some relaxation time to your day.  Yoga, meditation, a relaxing bath, reading time--whatever you choose.  Relaxation helps boost your immune system.
 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.


Julie Wood said...

These are such great tips on how to avoid the flu! I know that getting a flu shot is so important! I got mine in November. This flu season is so bad, but so far I have not gotten the flu because I do a lot of these tips here!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

*Knock on wood* Nobody in our family has gotten sick yet this year and we do a lot of these things listed so hopefully we can avoid getting sick for the rest of the flu season! Great tips.

Renee C.

Jenn said...

Great tips! Sometimes I forget about some, and appreciate the reminder.

Kelly Blackwell said...

Agree agree agree! :) One of the best things I learned when I was taking medical and dental classes was to wash wash wash the hands and be aware of where germs are. During flu season we avoid restaurants and eat in. Not only do we save money but menus are the germiest things in a restaurant. Thanks for sharing!

Alyssa McVey said...

Wonderful Tips! It's amazing how many of us get sick when it's such a simple task to do things that help prevent it. Not guaranteed, but definitely helps!

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