10 Natural Ways to Stay Healthy This Flu Season
As flu season is in full effect, many of us are looking for ways to stay healthy during the harsh winter months. It can be easy to forget the number of simple practices that can help keep your immune system strong throughout the new year. For instance, there are a variety of habits you can begin implementing in your everyday life that are very effective for staying healthy. Here is a list of 10 simple tips to naturally combat the ills of flu season.
1. Wash Your Hands Often:
With the rising numbers of sick individuals during the colder months, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap often and immediately after coming in contact with others.
2. Keep Your Home & Daily Surroundings Clean:
Sanitize all light switches, door knobs, and other objects that are constantly being touched. Wash bed sheets, pillow cases, and blankets routinely and immediately after suffering from a cold or flu to keep your sleeping area sanitary.
3. Live a Healthy Lifestyle:
Maintaining a nutritious diet may be the best way to boost your immune system. Fatigue can also affect your ability to fight off illnesses, so be sure to get a good night’s sleep as often as possible. In addition, since alcohol is also proven to weaken the immune system, minimize alcohol consumption while feeling under the weather.
4. Avoid Using the Same Objects as Others:
Using the same office supplies or drinking from a friend’s water bottle spreads germs like wildfire. Refrain from sharing drinks and daily objects with those around you; especially if you suspect they may be sick as well.
5. Try to Avoid Crowds:
In a crowd of people, it is impossible to know just how many of them are sick. Germs from a cough may be invisible, but they can rapidly jump from person to person in close quarters. When possible, steer clear of large crowds during flu season.
6. Don’t Touch Your Face:
Germs are spread through mucus and saliva more than anything else. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when you have the flu or a cold.
7. Drink a Healthy Amount of Water:
During the winter, the air is much dryer. When it’s not the sweltering hot summertime, it can be easy to forget to drink adequate amounts of water. Dehydration can cause your immune system to function improperly and leave you more vulnerable to illness.
8. Avoid Stress and Laugh Often:
Stress has been known to weaken many parts of our bodies. Laughter, as the old adage says, is the best medicine, but also has been known to produce certain immune system cells.
9. Use Antibacterial Wipes:
Whether in your household or in the workplace, keep antibacterial wipes handy to wipe down counters, desks, and other high traffic areas that are a magnet for flu causing germs.
10. Exercise and Avoid Smoking:
Building a strong immune system begins with regular exercise. Those who are not in good physical condition and/or smoke are more susceptible to contracting the flu or other viruses.
By abiding by these 10 simple guidelines, your chances of falling ill to the flu this winter will decrease exponentially. For information on naturopathic remedies that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle all year long, contact Access to Health at (860) 889-1475.