As a seasoned healthcare provider, laboratory tech no less, one would expect me to be able to offer the secret inside knowledge straight from a hospital on how to avoid the cold and the flu. So you are in luck to have found this article, amongst the millions on the internet, where I am going to dispense this high guarded top secret information. And you read on you will see the time tested, clinically proven ways to prevent illness. And you will be shocked!
Wash Your Hands
Good hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent illnesses like the common cold and the flu. Germs are everywhere and in the winter when houses and businesses are closed up, they stagnate in those environments. All it takes is one person touching their nose and then a doorknob to begin the chain reaction of germ sharing that can makes a whole bunch of people sick. Washing hands or using an alcohol based sanitizer will make a measurably difference in how often you get sick. So make hand hygiene a priority.
Quit unhealthy ( and gross!) habits
Health.com confirms that your eyes, nose and mouth are the most common ways that germs infect you. So avoid unnecessary contact with these orifices. Now I don’t expect you to admit to gross habits like smoking, nose-picking or nail biting but let me tell you all these habits will lead to more infections. All of these habits offers numerous opportunities to take germs you picked up from touching something and introduce it into your throat, lungs or sinuses. So knock it off!
I realize if eating healthy was easy we would all do it. I also realize that between holidays and just the cold dark winter eating gets a little out of control. Still, efforts to eat fruits and vegetable will pay off by bolstering your immune system with vitamins like vitamin c. Adding a multivitamin may also help at this time of year.
I’m sure its not that you don’t want to sleep, but life and family and that pesky thing called work keeps getting in the way. To beat the colds and flu this season you will need to make sleep a priority. Think of it this way, you can plan the extra sleep or your body will take it when you get sick at the most inopportune time. Think about it.
Exercise will not only provide you with extra energy but it boost your immune system, too. I also have found it will help clear out your sinuses, another bonus during the snotty winter months. It isn’t always easy to fit a workout in, but the benefits of exercise always outweigh the costs. The only caveat to exercise is make sure you clean your machines before and after use, and make sure you wash your hands. While the workout is doing your body good, the germs are finding all sorts of ways in to make your life miserable.
So you are shocked to learn that the key to avoiding colds and the flu is to do the basics, wash your hands, eat and sleep well and exercise. This is time tested and clinically proven information and nothing thus far has beaten a healthy lifestyle as far as preventing illness. So treat this information as if it is a brand new concept, a concept whose hype would have you jump on the bandwagon and follow all the suggestions to a T. Because is you do jump on this bandwagon, and focus on having a healthy lifestyle, you can avoid illnesses like colds and the flu and even more serious conditions as well.
14 Ways to Avoid Colds and Flu. http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20250939,00.html. Accessed November 10, 2010.