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How to Keep the Flu Away This Season

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's that time of year again! It's football, big blankets, cozy sweaters -- and the flu. When the cooler winds of fall blow in, they seem to bring the flu germs with them. And there's nothing worse than dealing with back-to-school, the approaching holidays, and suffering from the flu. But what can we really do to keep it away? It's just a game of chance, right? While it's true that there's nothing we can do to 100 percent avoid the germs, there are steps we can take to improve our chances of staying well. If you're interested in keeping the flu away this season, take a look at these tips to get you moving down the right path. 

Wash Everything

The fall is a time to keep things clean. You need to wash your hands. You need to wash your clothes and purses and backpacks. You need to wash counter tops and tables and door knobs. The more you keep things clean and washed, the fewer germs will linger. And if you're constantly knocking out the germs, you'll be less likely to catch the flu.

Eat Well

Your immune system relies on proper fuel. What is proper fuel? Food! Good food! And in the thick of cold and flu season, you really need your immune system to be at the top of its game. You'll need to avoid the junk in lieu of proteins and fruits and vegetables. You'll need a good multivitamin. You'll need plenty of water and less soda and juice. Eat well this season, and your immune system will respond appropriately. 

See Your Doctor

The doctor is the best person to ask for advice about staying well. They may tell you certain supplements to take or certain foods to consume. They may offer the flu shot to help with prevention. They may give you a wealth of advice to keep your entire family healthy through cold and flu season. Don't wait until you're sick to visit. Go now so that you won't have to go later at all.

You may not be able to avoid all germs. You might still catch the flu this season. But that doesn't mean you should give up! Use these tips to keep the flu away from your home, and make it through the fall with better health for everyone.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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