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Published on November 04, 2014

Five Simple Ways to Prevent the Flu

As temperatures continue to drop, flus and colds become more and more common.

The flu shot is the most important way to protect yourself, but there are plenty of other preventive measures you can take to make sure you and your family stay healthy this season.

  1. Wash Your Hands: You’ve heard it plenty of times before—but that’s because it really does work. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, but be sure you take the time to do it properly. Let the water get warm, lather your hands with soap and wash while you sing the Happy Birthday song twice before rinsing. Likewise, try to use tissues when you feel a sneeze coming on to avoid getting germs on your hands. You can also carry your own pen with you to use at supermarkets and other public places that may contain germs.

  2. Exercise: Aerobic exercise triggers your body’s natural virus-killing cells to spring into action. Studies have shown that regular, moderate exercise helps your immune system combat flus and the common cold. Plus, sweating flushes out bacteria and harmful toxins from your system. You can even exercise with a cold, just don’t overdo it and listen to your body.

  3. Avoid Illness: If someone you know at work or home is sick, try not to make close contact with them. While you should always avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth during flu season, this is especially important around sick people. Similarly, you should stay home if you’re feeling ill. Even if you have a deadline, your health and the health of those around you is more important.

  4. Disinfect: While there are some things that may seem obvious to disinfect regularly, like your countertops and door knobs, there are plenty of other places germs tend to lurk. You should regularly clean your phone screen, computer keyboard, steering wheel and toilet and sink handles. Some public places may get cleaned less often than you would think, so be sure to use disinfecting wipes at the gym and the office to kill harmful germs.

  5. Drink and Eat Well: Eating well-balanced meals is important for your overall health as well as preventing illness. Make sure you eat fruit high in vitamin C like strawberries or oranges. If you feel yourself getting sick, try a zinc supplement to relieve symptoms and get better faster. Avoid drinking alcohol before bed as it can disrupt your REM cycle, making you feel less rested and more prone to sickness. Studies have shown that low-protein diets can weaken the immune system, so make sure to balance your diet with eggs, chicken and yogurt.

How do you stay well during flu season? Share your tips below!

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