Every year at this time it seems like the news treats flu season like Paul Revere on his famous ride. “The flu is coming! The flu is coming!” As tempting as it is to hunker down in our homes, make everyone wear a mask and avoid human contact until spring, we have places to go and things to do. So, how do you say healthy during flu season?
As simple as it sounds, washing your hands is the best way to stay healthy this cold and flu season. Think of all of the germy surfaces you touch every day – doorknobs, sink handles, phones, water fountains, keys, money, pens… the list is endless. According to the CDC, washing your hands with soap and warm water before you prepare food or eat, after using the bathroom, when you first arrive home, or after handling something other people frequently handle is the best way to eliminate germs and prevent illness.
Don’t freak out, but your skin is crawling with millions of bacteria. The balance of these different types of bacteria keeps you healthy and infection free. When your skin is too dry, your body attempts to compensate by producing more oil. More oil can cause a bacteria imbalance on your skin that can make you more prone to illness. Since winter months are so dry, adding a moisturizer to your hand washing routine can keep the balance of bacteria on your skin in check and reduce the likelihood of getting the flu.
It seems to be common knowledge that a daily dose of anti-oxidant vitamins can keep your immune system cruising along. And while Vitamin C receives the most acclaim for fending off the flu, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E also play important roles in your immune health. If you are not getting your daily intake of dark, leafy and colorful fruits and vegetables, add a high-quality multivitamin to keep you going.
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