Getting Ready for Cold and Flu Season
By Donna Stark
In a normal year, this would be the time when you take inventory of what is in your medicine cabinet and head to your local drugstore to fill up on what is needed. But with the way this past year has gone, and the direction this new year is taking, you have probably already done that. By now, your home is likely full of tissues, flu and cold medicine, sore throat spray, and multivitamins. But the danger of having a full medicine cabinet is thinking that is all you have to do, and that couldn't be further from the truth. Take a look at what else you should do when the cold and flu season hits.
It's important to drink the recommended amount of water every day, but it's especially so during the cold and flu season. Here's why.
- Dry respiratory tracks (nasal passages) are breeding grounds for germs, but proper hydration will help keep them from getting to that point
- Drinking water increases circulation and adds oxygen to your blood, which improves the function of your white blood cells and helps your body function better
It is easy to stay properly hydrated if you carry a water bottle and consume water-rich foods, such as soups, fruits, and vegetables every day.
Get Your Sleep
If you want to weaken your immune system, increase the chances of getting sick, and have a hard time recovering, then go ahead ... ignore what your body needs the most. But if you want a fighting chance against whatever type of viruses you may come in contact with, then you have to prioritize your sleep! For most people, the recommended amount of sleep is seven to eight hours a night, but you may need more if that's what your body is asking for.
Wash Your Hands
I bet you have some hand sanitizer at your desk or in your bag, don't you? Well, even with that little bottle of protection, you still need to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Germs can be lurking everywhere. They can be on door handles, railings, elevator buttons, and gas pumps. They can also be on surfaces in your home, so keep your soap dispensers full.
Surviving Cold and Flu Season
Keeping your medicine cabinet stocked is a great way to be proactive for those times you are sick, but staying well with healthy habits should be at the top of your priority list, no matter what direction the year decides to take.
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