Flu season rolls around quickly, and as the temperatures drop, you begin to think about how you can’t afford to get sick. Between work and managing holiday activities, you have plenty to do, and a flu bug could really mess things up. Avoiding germs, working on improving your immunity and preparing for the worst will help you survive this year’s flu season.
1. Wash Your Hands
Most of us are bothered by the thought of germs, but we don’t do anything to avoid them. By becoming aware of the presence of germs, you can learn to make a habit of fighting them every day.
Wash your hands with hot water and soap throughout the day. Most people grew up being told that money was covered with germs, but now that society is moving away from cash and more toward credit and debit cards, it’s the swiping machine at the checkout line that you should be cautious of. Pretty much any item in contact with various members of the public could be covered in germs.
One of the best ways you can promote a healthy immune system is by getting plenty of exercise. If you don’t already have a workout regimen, try running on the treadmill, riding the exercise bicycle or simply doing an aerobics class a few times a week. Public exercise equipment is covered with germs, so be sure to bring plenty of sanitizing wipes to help yourself and others stay healthy.
3. Eat Healthy
Flu season is also soup season, and eating soup is a great way to sneak extra vegetables into your diet. The more nutrition you give yourself, the healthier your immune system will be.
The start of flu system is also an ideal time to boost your immunity by adding some healthy foods, drinks and vitamins into your routine. If you don’t already, consider drinking green tea, which has been shown to help fight off viruses. You can also take a multivitamin and eat plenty of leafy greens, berries and fish to help reduce inflammation and improve well-being.
4. Don’t Stress
You could have the healthiest diet and exercise regimen in the world, but constantly stressing out will counter many of those good effects. Stress really does a number on our immune systems, so try to keep a positive perspective and avoid sweating the small stuff. If you’re struggling with stress, try adding some yoga routines into your exercise regimen.
5. Prepare for the Worst
Along with stocking up on some reliable medications for the worst case scenario, don’t forget about getting your flu shot. It will reduce your chances of getting the flu by 40 to 60 percent, which means that if you put the other tips we’ve mentioned into practice, you’ll most likely be able to avoid getting sick this year.
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