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Don't Let the Flu Get You Down: 3 Tips to Help

By Virginia Laird 

Have you already started preparing for flu season? If not, now is the time. With the flu firing up across the country, there is no time to waste in your battle against this vile virus. While there is little you can do to completely avoid the flu, there are things you can do to limit your exposure and chances of falling ill. Many healthcare experts offer the flu vaccine to patients to help reduce their odds of contracting the illness. Still, there are plenty who choose to skip it. Experts have offered a list of tips you should try to help limit your chances of falling victim to the flu this season including:

  • Wash your hands 
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Keep away from others when you are ill 

Wash Your Hands 

Keeping your hands clean is an ongoing battle. Healthcare experts preach the importance of proper and often hand washing. According to research, those who wash fewer than seven times each day are shortchanging their health. It is recommended (especially this time of year) that you wash your hands after coming in contact with large crowds, before handling food, after visiting a bathroom (whether you go or not), and many more times. Skipping the necessary step of washing your hands can increase your chances of becoming ill. It is never too late to begin washing your hands often. 

Get Plenty of Sleep 

Research indicates that getting plenty of sleep is imperative in promoting good health. Experts say where there is a lack of sleep, the body slows and all the systems can be hampered. It is suggested that the average adult get at least six hours of sleep each night. Yet, there are plenty who report needing much more than this. It is vital to know how much sleep you need and begin making it a priority.

Keep Away From Others When You are Ill

Healthcare experts tell patients that staying home when they are ill is one of the best things that can be done. When the body is already in a weakened state it becomes more susceptible to illness. Simply put, spending time in public while you are sick could further your illness or invite other illnesses into your body. While you may believe you need to get your laundry list of errands complete, it is best that you spend time home, resting. 

Today is the day to start preventing the flu! Here's to hoping you and your family can avoid this illness this season. 

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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