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Staying Healthy During Flu Season

By Virginia Laird

Avoiding the flu is a topic of conversation among many people across the nation during fall. Most believe hand washing can help prevent the spread of germs; though this is true, it is not enough during flu season. While healthcare professionals admit there is little that can be done to completely prevent any chance of getting the flu, there are a few healthy hygiene habits you can do to decrease your chances of catching a bug. These include:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Make sleep a priority
  • Don’t re-wear your clothes

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key in keeping the body healthy and functioning properly. When the body is deprived of proper fluids, it can slow the immune system. We rely on this function to help fight germs and infections that may try to take over the body. It is recommended that you drink at least half of your weight in ounces of water daily. For those who do not enjoy drinking water, this can be difficult. A great way to begin is to add one cup of water per day until you have reached your daily goal.

Make Sleep a Priority

One of the best things you can do to help decrease your chances of getting the flu this season is to make sleep a priority. Although this is not alway easy, it is necessary to keep the body healthy. Research suggests an adult get a minimum of six hours of sleep each night. Many people prefer even more to feel fully rested. No matter what your magic sleep number may be, make sleep a priority starting today.

Don’t Re-Wear Your Clothes

While there are a great many people who suggest re-wearing your clothing before washing them is OK, it is important to take into consideration where, exactly, the clothes have been. Just as germs can contaminate the skin, so too can the clothes carry these germs. If you have been around sick people, in a larger crowd, or other places where you may have been contaminated with germs that include the flu, wash your clothes before wearing them again.

The flu is no joke. It can cause body aches, nausea, and high fever, among other symptoms. Doing all you can do to help avoid getting this virus can be worth every ounce of effort. Try these tips as soon as possible to help decrease your chances of bringing the virus into your home.

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

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