Cough Cough ……you know you have heard it and cringed when in a crowd of people wondering who it was and who to avoid.
I take public transit and with a baby under a year I cringe at the sound of people coughing and sneezing near me. Not only do I not want to get sick but I really do not want my baby to get sick. There are so many do’s and do not’s when it comes to flu and cold season that people seem to forget.
So here are some tips to stay healthy this season and avoid the nasty that comes around.
1 ) Wash your hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You do not need to use anti bacterial soaps, just warm water and soap. Wash your hands, under your nails etc. I take public transit so as soon as I get home its the first thing that I do. Just think about how many public surfaces you touch in a day. By just washing your hands you can seriously cut back on your chances of getting sick.
2) Get sleep.
Sleep is a huge thing people forget when it comes to their health. If you are exhausted due to lack of sleep, your body is then run down and will have a harder time fighting off what viruses and infections that it comes across.
Phones and smart watches now how apps that try to encourage proper sleep, telling you time to go to get ready for bed and go to bed. It is actually speculated that if you are sleep deprived your brain starts to shrink!!! Now I do not know if this is true but I do know if I do not get enough sleep I do feel less able to handle the day.
3) Eat a balanced Diet!
Flu season is holiday season which means we are all either doing a little too much indulging or we are trying to get back on track. The more foods that we eat that are over sugared, alcohol-ed and greased make our bodies have to work harder and we do not get the nutrition we need from them. This makes us slow, bloated and more susceptible to colds etc. because we do not have the reserves and internal resources to fight off whats attacking us.
Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated will not only make us feel good but will help us fight off any nasty stuff floating around.
4) Take your vitamins
If you do not have the best diet taking some extra vitamins during this time while be it in pill/liquid or shake it is always good to give yourself a boost. Try vitamins that help with your gut health. Gut health is so important to our immune systems and it is important to help us stay healthy and fight off many illnesses.
If you are sick please stay home if you can to take care of yourself and not spread the love to all your friends and co-workers. If you do have to go out while sick please remember coughing into your elbow is better then coughing into your hands in which you will inevitably touch touch things with.
Hope everyone has a healthy season!