Don't Start Your New Year with the Flu
By Virginia Laird
There is nothing exciting about suffering with the flu early in the new year. This virus can be dreadful enough to put you on your back for more than one week. Research suggests that there is little that can be done to completely eliminate your odds of falling ill with the flu. Still, health and wellness experts admit there are a few precautions you can exercise to reduce your chances, including:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid getting out when you are ill
- Sleep can boost your immune system
Wash Your Hands Often
Good hand-washing habits are the first line of defense against many illnesses. Health and wellness experts suggest that you should wash your hands a minimum of seven times each day. This includes after using the restroom, coming into contact with others, being out in public, and much more. While a sink may not always be available, it is then that these experts advise you should use hand sanitizer to get the hands clean. This year, make good hand washing a priority.
Avoid Getting Out When You are Ill
Although being trapped in the house for days on end is not fun and exciting, getting out and about while ill can do more harm than good. Research indicates that those who are ill have compromised immune systems which can make it easier to catch more germs and illnesses. Another reason you should consider staying home when you are ill is so that you do not share your germs with others. Some viruses can prove to be fatal for the elderly and very young. Many of these require no contact to be made when they pass from one person to the next. Bottom line: Protect yourself and others when you are sick by staying home.
Sleep Can Boost Your Immune System
Getting plenty of sleep during flu season can help boost the immune system. Research suggests that those who are lacking in this area may struggle to stay well. Health and wellness experts advise that sleep is an essential piece of staying well. It is advised that the average adult should get at least six hours of sleep each night. However, many require much more than this. Start now making sure you get enough sleep to keep you healthy and well throughout flu season.
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