Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tips to Staying Healthy This Cold & Flu Season

I hate being sick. Don't you? I was listening to the news the other day, and they were saying that instances of cold and flu viruses hitting people are much worse and coming on much earlier for some reason. I haven't been feeling so great the past week or so, which isn't a big surprise to me because I think everyone I know is either sick right now or has been in the past few weeks. It is no fun! I thought I might offer some tips to how you can try and stay as healthy as possible despite all the germs that may be surrounding you!
1. Wash your hands. This is so simple, and it's something that we've been taught since we were tiny, but it is the best thing that you can do to fend off germs from others. If you aren't able to wash your hands all the time, keep some hand sanitizer on you.

2. Beware of gym germs! If there is one place where the germs are swimming, it is the gym. Sweaty people touching all sorts of machines, dumbbells, mats, and equipment can foster a whole lot of germ spreading. Some gyms will offer sanitary wipes to wipe down equipment. USE THEM. Avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth while you are at the gym. You may also want to wipe down your water bottle, mp3 player, and cell phone or whatever else you may be touching while you are working out.

3. Get some sleep! Our bodies tend to get sick when our immune systems are weakened and we are worn down. This usually happens when we are running low on sleep.

4. Eat right. Along with a lack of sleep, eating poorly can also leave our bodies feeling nutrient-less and run down. On the flip side, getting in an adequate amount of foods that are filled with nutrients can keep our immune systems strong. This means LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies. Tis the season for delicious citrus. Take advantage of that fresh vitamin C! It is also beneficial to take your vitamins to make certain you are getting all of the nutrients possible.

5. Keep moving! Exercise can help boost your body's defense against cold and flu viruses. Keeping your body strong and healthy by eating right and exercising is always a good idea, especially during sick seasons. However, it should be noted that exercising to the point that your body is run down can make it hard for it to fend of sickness.

6. Let's all quarantine! If you are feeling sick, avoid going out and spreading your germs to others. If you know others are sick, avoid contact with them. The same goes for your kiddos. You aren't doing much for anyone if you are sending sick kiddies to school or wherever they may be spreading germs.

7. Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water can help to keep your body flushed free of toxins, can help to replace water lost through fevers, and can help to keep your body fluids balanced properly.

I hope your these tips will help you and your family to stay healthy this season!!

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