Want to keep those germs away to prevent getting colds and the flu? There are several ways to keep you and your household healthy.
- The best prevention is hand washing and proper hygiene. Avoid touching your face and mouth. Wash your hands and your children’s hand on arriving home and after coughing sneezing, before preparing food and before and after eating. Occasionally wiping off door handles, light switches, steering wheels, keyboards and commonly handled items.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is when the body heals and people who don’t get enough sleep are at a higher risk of catching a cold. Make sure you feel well rested in the morning, if not, you’re not getting enough sleep.
- Go outside. Your body needs a minimum of 20 minutes of daylight per day to make the correct hormones that govern much of your health, including your immune system.
- Exercise in moderation. Research shows that exercising 30-60 minutes five days per week increases immune function and reduces your chances of picking up that cold that everyone else seems to have.
- Consider a homeopathic flu shot. Homeopathic flu shots enhance the body’s natural defenses and healing processes. They are extremely diluted so the risk of falling ill due to the flu shot is nonexistent. Some brands include Echinacea in the flu shot to help give the immune system an added boost.
- Use hydrotherapy. Hot and cold showers cause a change in temperature which then triggers the immune system. At the end of your regular shower, try 3 minutes of hot and 30 seconds of cold; repeat this hot/cold process two times. Always end with cold water.
- Clean. Use a chemical free steam machine to kill the germs on hard surfaces like toilets, toothbrushes, sinks and cups in the bathroom.
There are lots of contaminated areas. Take note of the top 8 areas where you find germs at work.
- The bathroom
- Door handles
- Communal coffeepot
- Microwave oven
- Water coolers
- Shared phones and keyboards
- Pens and pencils
Many times, when we get sick, we have come into contact with some type of germ that we didn’t even know about. Germs are everywhere, and in certain situations, precautions can be taken to reduce the chances of being sick.
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