Cold and flu season is in full swing. Since I have an auto-immune disorder, I’m even more panicky about coming down with something. Here is a quick post with steps to take to avoid getting sick besides getting your annual flu shot.
Wash Hands Frequently
Running water over hands dilutes germs and soap will slough off germs quickly.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Noses and eyes are the most common entry point for germs into your body, so don’t touch your face with your hands. Also, if you bite your nails…STOP! Germs like to lurk there.
Get Enough Sleep
When you are tired, your body can’t fight as hard. Shoot for 8 to 10 hours.
Keep Your Distance
Give those that are sick a wide berth. If you do need to interact make sure to wash hands immediately afterwards and wipe things they touch with an anti-bacterial wipe.
Make sure to have hand sanitizer or alcohol based wipes close at hand when you are not near anywhere to wash your hands. Take the time to make sure your wipes are alcohol based because they are better at killing germs.
Viruses can survive on metal, plastic, fabrics, paper or glass. Stop making fun of friends and family that you feel are too paranoid, and join them in wiping down commonly touched surfaces.
Boost Immune System
There are many ways to give your immune system a little extra fighting power.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Eat more fiber
Drinking plenty of water will flush toxins out of your body.
And if you do get sick:
- Stay home from work. Don’t suck it up and go in. You’ll only put others at risk.
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow and not into your hands.
- Up your zinc intake. Take zinc supplements or eat zinc rich foods like meat, nuts and fish. Zinc can cut down the duration of your illness.
Currently freaking out about how many people touch the elevator buttons at work.