Cold and flu season are fast approaching. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 35 to 50 million Americans come down with the flu each year. Though there is no cure, prevention is considered the most effective treatment. Below are some tried and true tips for staying healthy this season.
- Good Hygiene: Your hands are the fastest way for germs to enter your immune system. Be sure to wash them often and well.
- Cover Up: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze – preferably, with a tissue. If you do not have one, use your elbow or upper arm, not your hands.
- Avoid Contact: Stay away from those who are sick and try to stay at least 3 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Stay Home: If you are sick, staying home from work is your best option. You won’t perform at an adequate level if you are feeling under par and you’ll risk infecting others.
- Rest: The quickest way to weaken your immune system is to overwork and under-sleep. If you want to stay healthy, make sure that you’re getting the rest that you need.
- Diet: If you fill your body with junk food, you aren’t getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be able to resist infection. Pay special attention to Vitamin C, a great immune booster, and Vitamin B, which helps your body fight stress.
- Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps the immune system work properly.
- Flu Shot: Get a flu shot in October/November.