Wash Your Hands: This is a given, and normally I wouldn’t point out something so obvious, but I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen in public who use the bathroom and then don’t wash their hands. Gross. That right there, is just an invitation for sickness. Sometimes, people won’t wash their hands after certain times and they don’t even realize that they should. Wash your hands after: going into public, using the restroom, petting your animals, working, dealing with germ-infested things like raw meat. Wash your hands before: cooking, eating, or dealing with food, and dealing with items that call for clean hands like contacts.
Avoid Hand Sanitizers When You Can: If the only thing you have is hand sanitizer, then go for it; it’s better than nothing. However, most hand sanitizers don’t fight against E-coli (escherichia coli), a virus found frequently in the bathroom. If you have a choice between hand sanitizer or soap and water, definitely go for the soap. Most soaps protect against E-coli, and won’t dry out your hands nearly as much as alcohol based hand sanitizers. Plus soap and water remove grease, dirt and grime more effectively.
Take Vitamins: Taking something as simple as a multivitamin every day is great for keeping your body in tip-top shape. There are many other things you can add as well for your benefit, including fish oil.
Boost You Immune System: Taking a vitamin C pill isn’t a bad idea, but an even better idea is to find it naturally by eating foods rich in vitamin C. Yes, oranges are one, however, there are several others that people tend to look over. These foods all not only contain vitamin C, but most have more vitamin C than oranges: strawberries, red peppers, guavas, kiwis, green peppers, and many others.
Drink: Make sure to drink lots of water. You need to keep your body hydrated to fight against infections, and to keep healthy in general. If you get sick, make sure to drink lots of water, natural juices, and many fluids.
Exercise: Exercise is a great to keep yourself healthy and fit. Along with other benefits of exercising frequently, you’ll add a boost to your immune system naturally. Different studies, including one at Appalachian State University by Dr David Nieman, have shown that people who exercise on a frequent or daily basis have a 50% less chance of getting sick this season, and if they do end up getting sick, it won’t last as long nor will the illness take as much of a toll on the individual.
Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science (www.hles.edu)