It's that time of year again! The holidays are headed toward us, family and friends come together and seasons are changing. This time of year is fun and busy, but it is also a playground for the flu virus to show its ugly face to anyone it can. How will you strategize for this battle? There are several defense strategies you can do to prevent this nasty virus from attacking you.
This is the best way to defend yourself from the flu. Proper handwashing requires the use of soap and warm water in addition to washing your hands thoroughly for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Do not remove rings when washing; they get dirty too. Wash your hands after blowing your nose or sneezing.
Quarantine yourself during periods when symptoms are present. This avoids the spreading of germs. Take advantage of a disinfectant that contains bleach. This will kill germs you might have spread in your home. Wash your dishes in hot water to kill any germs.
You only have one body; it’s important to take care of it. Our bodies are 60% water. It is imperative that to stay hydrated for overall health. Unless you have fluid restrictions, drink at least eight, eight ounce glasses of water every day. Eat well-balanced meals for proper digestion and immunity. Make sure the body gets plenty of sleep and exercise daily. The less compromised your body is, the more likely your body will have the strength to fight off infection.
The flu vaccine has helped many escape the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researched that the flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine. Consult your primary healthcare provider to see if this is an option for you.
The flu is a tough battle to fight, but these helpful tips can help us fight back!