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5 Tips For Fighting the Flu

By Virginia Laird

Fighting the flu can prove to be an endless task. While there is plenty of research to suggest there is little that can be done to completely avoid the virus, there is plenty you can do to deter it from taking over your home. Health and wellness experts say that adding these precautionary habits can help you wipe the flu germs away before they wreak havoc. A few habits you should consider adding to your day include:

  • Wash your hands often 
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Clean the surfaces of your home often
  • Carry hand sanitizer 

Wash Your Hands Often 

According to research, washing your hands often is one of the best ways to prevent illness and the spread of germs. This is especially beneficial throughout flu season. Make sure you are washing your hands often. 

Get Plenty of Sleep 

For the immune system to properly function, it requires enough rest. It is suggested that the average adult get at least six hours of sleep each night to maintain good health. Start going to bed at a time that allows you to get the sleep you need. 

Stay Hydrated 

Staying hydrated helps the body function properly, including the immune system. As a general rule, you should be consuming at least half of your body weight in ounces of water to maintain proper hydration. If you are lacking in this area, start increasing your water consumption right away.  

Clean the Surfaces of Your Home Often 

Keeping the surfaces of your home clean is helpful when trying to prevent the spread of germs. This can be done by using sanitizing wipes on your kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces, and door knobs. While this may seem to be a daunting task, it can go a long way in helping to keep the flu away from your family this season. 

Carry Hand Sanitizer

Because washing your hands with soap and water may not always be possible, it is advised that you carry hand sanitizer with you at all times. This allows you to clean your hands after coming in contact with others or handling things that plenty of others may be have handled. A good example of a time you may need sanitizer would be while you are at the grocery store. 

Start now making these habits part of your daily routine, as it can help keep your family well as you head into the impending flu season. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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