Each year, the cold and flu season gets harder to fight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skip the annual flu vaccine and you set yourself up for a couple of days laying miserably in the bed. Taking care of your body and avoiding certain habits can help you stay healthy. Check out these tips on surviving the cold and flu season.
1. Crack open a window, Spending the day in a stuffy room with someone who may already be sick increases your chance of catching the bug. Fresh air circulating the room helps to keep airborne particles on the move.
2. Eating certain healthy foods can also help fight the good fight against colds and flu. Try adding yogurt to your breakfast meal (A 2011 study backs this up: Scientists found that people who consumed probiotics via supplements or fermented foods (think yogurt, kefir, and kimchi) had 12% fewer upper respiratory infections). Eat immune - boosting mushrooms, research has shown people that eat a healthy dose of mushrooms have a higher number of T-Cells preventing inflammation.
3. Do Not Touch Your Lips! Not touching your face or lips will increase your odds of not getting sick. Even if you wash your hands, try to refrain from touching your lips, eyes or nose. These areas are the most common ways germs enter your body.
4. Make sure to get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep drains your body and takes a toll on your immune system. It's always best to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you or someone in your household has been sick make sure to change linens once they have recovered.
5. Be sure to clean your home using a disinfectant cleaner and keep Lysol on hand to spray your doorknobs, bathrooms and any common areas that may be host to airborne germs. Better yet, call Two Maids to handle the disinfecting of you your home.
6. Last but not least, make sure to take in plenty of liquids. Keeping your body hydrated helps you fight off any bug you may come in contact with. Water is the best choice for hydration but you can also try orange juice and drinks high in electrolytes.