Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

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It’s that time of year again. At work, at schools, at gatherings of any kind, there is no doubt someone with the cold or flu. They’re either home sick or coughing all over while everyone else is trying to avoid them and their germs. Here are the best ways to prevent getting sick during this germ infested season.

Wash Your Hands

You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again, handwashing is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy. Our hands touch so many different surfaces and areas, by lathering them with a bar of soap and giving your hands a good wash frequently throughout the day, you will eliminate most of the harmful germs on your hands. So to avoid getting sick, keep your home stocked up on soap.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy living is vital for preventing illness. Eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and avoiding unhealthy habits will keep your body strong and well nourished. Positive lifestyle habits build a strong immune system and help fight nasty germs and viruses.

Manage Stress

We all know how damaging stress can be to your mental and physical wellbeing. It breaks down your body’s natural immunity and causes damage to the organs and tissues in your body. Meditation, lifestyle changes, counselling and stress management exercises can help reduce or eliminate the stressors wreaking havoc on you.

Get Plenty of Rest

In today’s hustle and bustle world, there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done. And the one area that suffers the greatest impact from our nonstop activities is our resting periods. People will stay up later or set the alarm to get up earlier so that they can get more done during the day. But this loss of sleep is causing damage to our health. We underestimate the need for rest far too often and shortchange ourselves. Chronic fatigue can result which can cause many illnesses and medical conditions.

To avoid getting sick, get into the habit of getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day. If you’re starting to feel run down or ill, rest more so that your body has a chance to fight the illness.

Keep Areas and Surfaces Clean

Make sure your home and work environment are clean, especially if there is someone sick in the area. Germs can live outside the body for a few days and are easy to pick up if they are lying on a surface. Remove the germs by cleaning with soap and water or disinfectants.

Visit Your Chiropractor

Regular visits to your chiropractor will help keep your body healthy. Proper alignment of the spine will enable the body to send the proper nerve signals and oxygen to the tissues and organs so that they can function at their optimal best.

Just because it’s cold and flu season, doesn’t mean you have to get sick. Healthy and proactive habits can help you stay healthy during this time of year.