Tips To Keep You Healthy During the Flu Season

 

Read these important tips shared by our Center for Lifestyle Enhancement and protect yourself from the flu this season.
With all the talk about how bad the flu season is this year, we thought this information might be helpful!
1. WASH YOUR HANDS!
Most cold and flu virus are spread by direct contact. Someone who has the flu and sneezes into their
hand . . . passes that germ to the telephone, keyboard, glass, doorknob etc. . . . only to be picked up by
the next person. Wash your hands often and if no sink is available at least rub your hands together
very hard for a minute or so! You should be washing your hands for as long as it takes to sing HAPPY
BIRTHDAY two times!
2. DON’T COVER SNEEZES AND COUGHS WITH YOUR HANDS
Because germs and virus cling to your bare hands you risk passing along your germs to others! Use a
tissue and then throw it away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your sleeve
and away from other people!
3. DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
4. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. You can tell if you’re getting
enough water if your urine is close to clear.
5. DO AEROBIC EXERCISE REGULARLY
Aerobic exercise helps increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells.
6. EAT FOODS CONTAINING PYTOCHEMICALS
“PHYTO” means plants and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged
boost! Increase your intake of green, red and yellow fruits and vegetables.
7. EAT YOGURT, GARLIC and GINGER
Some studies have shown that eating a daily cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to
colds by 25%. Researchers think that the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate productions of
immune system substances that fight disease. Garlic may have antimicrobial and immune-stimulating
properties and give you relief from congestion. Ginger can soothe a stomachache and nausea.
8. RELAX
If you teach yourself to relax, you can activate your immune system on demand. There’s evidence that
when you put your relaxation skills into action, your interleukins – leaders in the immune system
response against cold and flu viruses – increase in the bloodstream.
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