Flu Season: 4 Ways to Help Keep You Healthy
By Virginia Laird
With fall in full swing, there is much to be excited about. Many families and friends are busy planning various outdoor adventures. With all the plans ahead, there is little time to be sick. With all the joy fall brings, many forget that it is also flu season. Suffering with the flu can put a damper on any plans that may lie ahead. Healthcare professionals admit there is little you can do to avoid the flu altogether. However, these professionals do recommend a variety of healthy hygiene habits to improve your odds of having the flu pass you by. These include:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay home when you are sick
- Keep hand sanitizer around
- Stop skipping meals
Get Plenty of Sleep
The body needs sleep to maintain proper function. Without enough sleep, it can be difficult for the body to remain healthy. The immune system needs sleep to fight off infections and viruses, including the flu. Research suggests an adult should get at least six hours of sleep each night.
Stay Home When You Are Sick
When you are sick it is wise to stay home. This allows your body to rest and rebound from the lack of energy that accompanies illness. Another reason it is a good idea to stay home when you are sick is to avoid getting any other illness. The flu is bad enough on its own. Do yourself a favor and stay home while you are ill to help keep you from having the flu along with another issue.
Keep Hand Sanitizer Around
Like washing hands, sanitizing can help prevent the spread of germs. It is a good idea to sanitize often. Keeping it with you at all times can make having clean hands easy, especially when washing is not an option. Anytime washing your hands is recommended, it can be swapped for sanitizing.
Stop Skipping Meals
Your body needs nutrition to stay in optimal health. This means eating well balanced meals is vital to staying healthy. Skipping meals can leave you vulnerable to contracting the flu or anything else.
Do yourself a favor and start these healthy habits today. Hopefully these tips will help you and your family avoid the flu the season. Let’s hope you and your family have a happy and healthy and medically uneventful flu season.
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