Skip the Flu with This Advice

By Virginia Laird

Skipping the flu may sound like a wonderful plan, but healthcare providers admit there is nothing you can do to ensure you avoid it. Rather, these experts advise there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of falling victim to it. For some, this may include taking the flu vaccine. Still, others may prefer to forego this option. Healthcare providers suggest whether you and your family get vaccinated, there are still other precautions necessary to help keep you healthy, including:

  • Keep hand sanitizer in your bag
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stay home when you are ill

Keep Hand Sanitizer in Your Bag

Using hand sanitizer often is one way to eliminate germs from your body. While using it might not be as wonderful as soap and water, it is the next best choice. Many experts advise that you should keep sanitizer available in your bag at all times. This can allow you to sanitize as often as you need, as well as allowing you to offer it to those around you. Research suggests that using sanitizer often, when hand washing is not a choice, can keep you healthy.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water has long been part of healthy living. Research suggests that those who stay properly hydrated have a better probability of avoiding illness throughout flu season. Staying hydrated allows the body to work properly. This includes the immune system. It is advised that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces each day to maintain proper hydration. If you are not doing this, start making it a habit right away.

Stay Home When You Are Ill

Do everyone a favor: When you are sick stay home. Health and wellness experts have long preached the importance of staying out of public when you are ill. This does two things, it keeps you from spreading the germs you currently have, as well as prevents you from picking up anything new. Research suggests that when your immune system is in a weakened state you are more likely catch other illnesses you may be exposed to. For this reason it is best that you stay home when you are ill.

Start today taking the necessary precautions needed to keep you and your family healthy. Doing so may be just what you need to avoid falling victim to the flu this season.

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

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