The Flu and Your Family
By Virginia Laird
When it comes to keeping your family healthy, there is likely nothing you won't do. Sadly, there is little you can do to completely avoid the flu. However, experts have offered several tips for you and your family to adhere to that can help keep these germs at bay. These include:
- Keep hand sanitizer handy
- Stay hydrated
- Get enough sleep
Keep Hand Sanitizer Handy
One great way to help fight off the flu is to keep hand sanitizer with you at all times. Washing your hands may not always be convenient. However, using hand sanitizer is easy. There are plenty of times throughout the day when you will come in contact with germs from others. These are times you will need to clean your hands. Remember that anyone can spread germs. Keeping your family and home free from the flu has a great deal to do with keeping your hands clean. This can be done by applying hand sanitizer often. Start today making sure you have hand sanitizer in your car and your bag so that you may use it when you need it most.
Maintaining proper hydration is often overlooked as a way to promote overall wellness and fight off illness. According to research, staying properly hydrated is one way to help boost the immune system, and keep the body functioning properly. Maintaining proper hydration requires you to choose water as your beverage of choice more often than other drinks. Still, with this knowledge most choose soda, tea, and juices instead. It is advised that you consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day to maintain the proper hydration you need. Drinking plenty of water may take a great deal of effort on your part. Start today tracking your water consumption to make sure you are drinking what you need to stay well.
Get Enough Sleep
To help fight off the flu it is necessary that you get enough sleep. The body relies on sleep to strengthen the immune system. Where there is a lack of sleep there is an increased susceptibility to becoming ill. It is suggested that the average adult get at least six hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. However, there are plenty of individuals who require much more rest than this. For you to get plenty of sleep, it may require that you give yourself a bedtime and stick to it. Start right away, making sure you get the sleep you need by going to bed when you are tired.
You can never start preparing for flu season soon enough. Start taking this advice today to help defeat the flu this season.
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