The Center for Disease Control refers to the period between November and March as the flu season since our chances of contracting a cold or flu increases by a whopping 80%. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure as the saying goes. While the “common cold” has similar symptoms to the flu, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus with more severe effects and potential complications such as pneumonia, infection, dehydration, and can lead the severe problems for people with asthma and diabetes. When you consider that every year roughly 200,000 people are hospitalized because of flu and its complications and the cause of death for approximately 36000 out of the 5-20% of the population that typically contracts the flu every year, the importance of taking preventive steps should be a priority especially if you have a chronic health problem.
The flu virus is most commonly transmitted in one of two ways: 1) by inhaling saliva particles from a sneeze or a cough from someone who is infected. That explains why they advise to cover your mouth or turn your face away from people when you sneeze or cough. 2) Through hand-to-hand (or hand-to-object) contact.
1. Since our hands is one of the major culprit, washing your hands thoroughly (20 second rule) with warm water and soap and use the paper tower to turn off the faucet and another paper towel to dry your hands and to open the door specially in public bathrooms is the first common sense tip. Keep your hands away from your face, mouth or your food. Use fork or spoon or a paper towel when eating your sandwich or finger foods. No matter how clean you think your hands are; they are breeding grounds for germs.
2. Specially during flu season, it is important to keep your household surfaces clean. Things that are handled by everybody such as telephones, computer keyboards, countertops, light switches, remote controls, and doorknobs are all great places for germs to hide.
3. Boost your immune systems through exercise and natural supplements such as ImmPower.
You increase the rate of oxygen to your lungs and your blood circulation when you do aerobic exercises and improves your immune system.
4. Drink plenty of water! Americans are notoriously dehydrated. The average adult needs to drink a minimum of eight, 8-ounce glasses a day to achieve the proper level of hydration and help flush various toxins from your body. A balanced and healthy diet is essential to ensure that your nutrition supports and maintains your health. Try one of our green smoothie recipe on our website to ensure that you get your fruits and greens!
5. Relax and get plenty of rest. Stress and fatigue can lower your immunity.
If you follow the basics that doctors follow to avoid colds or flu, you will find yourself surviving the flu season. Remember, eat right, sleep right, exercise and wash your hands!! Take natural supplements to boost your immune system like Vitamin C, ImmPower, etc.