As we approach the holidays, family is not the only thing hanging around – cold and flu season is here! While we can’t eliminate the risk altogether, there are some simple tips to keep your family in good health this holiday season.
- Eliminate stress. To fight off viruses, our immune system has to be strong, meaning that it should be free of deficiencies that cause the body to work in overdrive. You can’t keep driving a car with no gas! Make sure you’re eating nutritious meals and getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, especially during the peak of cold and flu season.
- Wash your hands. Studies show that 97 percent of people are not washing their hands correctly. The most common problem is that they are not washing long enough. The Centers for Disease Control recommends washing hands for a full 20 seconds.
- Clean often. During the winter, it is important to clean thoroughly, making sure you’re washing your sheets, cleaning out your fridge, and wiping down commonly used spaces in your home.
- Stay active. The cold temperatures and brutal wind will keep anyone indoors, but it’s important to get outside and sweat. Studies show that movement keeps the immune system strong. Keep your family healthy with 30 minutes of exercise a day!
- Stay home. If you or a family member shows signs of the cold or flu, make sure to stay home. It’s important to wait for symptoms to subside before seeing other people. You may be putting others at risk and prolonging your own illness by not resting.
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