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Keep the Flu Away This Year: Try This

By Virginia Laird

As flu season approaches, it is time to begin considering the many habits you need to help prevent a full-on war with the flu in your home. For some, getting a flu shot is helpful. However, even that does not completely eliminate your chances of falling ill with this virus.  Experts have offered several tips for you to try, including:

  • Keep your home clean 
  • Go to bed
  • Sanitize your hands often
  • Wash your jackets often

Keep Your Home Clean 

Daily, germs enter your home from the bottom of shoes and bags. Germs tackle the surfaces of your home from the hands of those who gather around. Healthcare experts admit that keeping your home clean can help your family stay well and away from the flu. While keeping the house clean is a task, it is necessary to wipe away the germs you bring in each day. If you find that getting the entire house clean daily is too much, at least find time to clean the surfaces of your home. 

Go to Bed

Healthcare experts advise that getting proper sleep can be beneficial when trying to avoid the flu this season. While sleep cannot completely prevent you from falling ill, it can help your immune system to function. It is suggested that you get at least six hours of sleep each night to help your body fight off illness. Getting this much rest can require you to go to bed earlier than you like, but it is well worth it to stay well.

Sanitize Your Hands Often 

Keeping your hands clean is a good habit, especially throughout flu season. While soap and water may not always be available, you can keep sanitizer with you at all times. Making it a habit to carry it with you everywhere you go can help you stay well. You should use your sanitizer after coming into contact with others, after pumping gas or touching the grocery basket, and much more. Grab a bottle for your purse and your car the next time you are at the store.

Wash Your Jackets Often 

For many, washing the jacket or hoodie is a thought that never crosses the mind. However, doing so can be a factor in keeping the flu away. During flu season, you should consider washing each jacket after its wear, or have a way to sanitize it. Your jacket comes in contact with more surfaces and germs than you would like to think about. Start keeping them clean to help keep you well. 

Start now taking the steps necessary to keep your family well this flu season. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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