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Healthy Habits are Best When Trying to Beat the Flu

By Virginia Laird

With the flu running rampant this time of year, it is wise to take the time to evaluate your health and habits. While there is little in the way of complete elimination of this virus from your life, there are ways to help avoid it. Health professionals each year preach the importance of practicing healthy habits. With the holiday season in full swing, you are certain to find yourself in many scenarios which may be the breeding ground for the flu virus. Protect yourself and your family by implementing some healthy habits, including:

  • Stay physically active
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Carry sanitizer with you daily
  • Stop skipping meals

Stay Physically Active

Exercise can help remove toxins from the body and give a boost to the immune system. To stay healthy, it is best to allot time each day to get some form of exercise in. This does not mean you need to spend hours on end at the gym. Simple walking through the neighborhood, a nice jog, or a brief bike ride are all good alternatives to going to the gym.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Hand washing has long been discussed as the first line of defense against the spread of germs and bacteria. While some believe that washing the hands simply after using the restroom and before eating may be enough, this is not the case. You should wash your hands anytime you have come in contact with others, been in a large crowd, or handled objects touched by others. Make hand washing a habit for everyone in the family.

Carry Sanitizer with You Daily

While hand washing may not always be a viable option, make sure to carry hand sanitizer with you daily. Be sure to use it regularly. Think about it: The carts at the grocery store, gas pumps, doors at local businesses, and menus all have thousands of germs from others. After touching any of these things, it would be wise to use sanitizer. Be sure to always have enough to share, too!

Stop Skipping Meals

Although you may be trying to slim down before your holiday party or family gathering, it is not wise to do so by skipping meals. When the body does not have the proper nutrition it needs to function, it can slow the systems of the body, including the immune system. Eating healthy and well balanced meals can help the body keep illness at bay.

Keep in mind that these habits can help you stay healthy during this flu season. Now grab your sanitizer and enjoy your holiday parties with the peace of mind that you can avoid dreadful germs.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Charles, Mo.

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