Now that the holiday season is over, many of us tend to hibernate or stay close to home during the coldest months of winter. So do the germs that cause colds and flu. With a few simple steps, you can protect yourself against these infections.
Contrary to popular belief, YOU CANNOT CATCH A COLD OR FLU FROM BEING OUTDOORS IN THE COLD WEATHER. While you may get chilled or overheated, it is GERMS that cause these conditions. Because we spend more time indoors in winter, so do the bugs that plague us. Here are ways to AVOID a bad cold:
- Wash your hands frequently with SOAP AND WATER. Soap and water is just as effective as anti-bacteria cleaners. And, you don’t run the risk of creating super-bugs from overuse of antibiotics. How long should you wash? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends at least 20 seconds of hand washing – the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wipe down remotes, phones, laptops, mouses, doorknobs, and anything else sick people at home may touch.
- Avoid sharing cups and glasses with those who are sick and be sure to properly wash these items after use.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, rather than your hand. Avoid shaking hands with those who are sick as well.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well. Work will always be there, but if you get run down, you could compromise your immunity and ability to fight off infection.
- EXERCISE helps prevent colds and flu when practiced in moderation. Walking, biking, ice skating and moderate aerobic activity help boost immunity. Turn on some music and dance…great fun AND exercise for all ages.
- Studies have shown that ELDERBERRY SYRUP EXTRACT can be taken daily to prevent colds and flu, and to reduce symptoms of you are already infected. ZINC and VITAMIN C serve a similar purpose. (Note: Check with your doctor before taking any supplements).
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables often. These vitamin-rich foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties that keep our immune systems functioning properly.
Enjoy a happy, healthy New Year!