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3 Healthy Hygiene Habits to Use During Flu Season

By Virginia Laird

Though many love the fall for its crisp air, changing colors of nature, and seasonal festivities, it also brings with it the dreaded flu season. Although many will choose to get the flu vaccine, it is not for everyone. Doctors suggest there is very little a person can do to completely eliminate the chances of getting the flu, but there are some things that can be done to help decrease the spread of these germs. Some of the tips physicians recommend are general healthy hygiene recommendations, including:

  • Wash your face regularly
  • Wash your hands often
  • Change your sheets routinely

Wash Your Face Regularly

It is wise to wash your face regularly in an effort to prevent illness. Viruses like the flu enter the body through the mouth and nose. While out and about in your daily routine, you will inevitably come in contact with a variety of germs. Washing your face routinely can help keep the germs from entering the body.

Wash Your Hands Often

Hand washing is the first line of defense against viruses such as the flu. While many already have a great habit of washing their hands after a visit to the restroom, during flu season this alone may not be enough. It is wise to wash after visiting public places, coming into contact with people, and after being outside. There are plenty of other times that would be a good idea to wash. A good rule to follow would be: If you have any question about washing your hands, you should probably wash them.

Change Your Sheets Routinely

How often do you change the sheets on your bed? Odds are, it is not regular enough. Changing the sheets on the bed routinely is a great way to promote overall health. Germs, dead skin cells, as well as dust, settles into the sheets. This can increase the chances of getting ill. Your chances are even higher if you go to bed without a shower and change the sheets seldom. This is an easy way to protect your health; make the time to accomplish this simple task.

Help your family keep the flu germs at bay by teaching these healthy habits to your children. Here’s hoping your home can avoid the flu this season and enjoy a happy and healthy fall!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.

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