This time of year is known as “flu season.” Flu viruses are the most common during the fall and winter months. The best way to prevent getting sick is to get vaccinated every year, but here are some good habits that can help you stop the spreading of germs:
- Wash your hands (a lot)
To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you need to scrub hard for 20 plus seconds. Be sure to scrub the back of your hands, between your fingers, and underneath your fingernails.
- Keep your surroundings clean
Be aware of things that are easily contaminated. Just by sanitizing doorknobs and light switches you can really help to protect yourself.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
Germs are most often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his/her eyes, nose, and/or mouth.
- Eat protein
Research has shown that diets with low levels of protein can deplete the immune system.
- Drink tea/hot water
Drinking tea/hot water and breathing in the steam stimulates the hair follicles in your nose and helps them to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon can also help to thin mucus and honey is an antibacterial.
- Keep up a healthy lifestyle
Even though it’s flu season we should still do what we would do daily. It is important for us to get an adequate amount of rest, to eat healthy, and stay hydrated.