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Here a few pointers to
use year round to help avoid getting colds and the flu.
Less stress is
The best thing you can do to stay healthy is to keep your
body happy by reducing stress. When you're operating in a weakened state, it's
a lot easier for those little bugs to invade. So first and foremost,
avoid stress. Take time to cool off. While there's no escaping
many of life's more unnerving situations, some can be avoided. Do so.
If you're not feeling
right, stay home. Not only do you improve your chances of
recovery if you take it easy, but you're not exposing others to whatever
illness you're battling.
sleep. The more tired your body is, the harder time it has
operating. Make sure to get eight hours a night and, if by some divine grace
you're one of the chosen few with napping opportunities, take them.
Make sure to eat
right. Everyone has some dietary trick they insist beats the onset of
illness. It might be chamomile tea, echinacea, or mega-doses of vitamin C. More
important than any of these, however, is a balanced, healthy diet. When you're
not giving the body the nutrients it needs, it'll operate in a weakened state.
So eat right and get a multi-vitamin in there.
This also holds true for
undereating. Especially during cold and flu season, a huge calorie deficit,
with the stress that lack of nutrients and ketosis will cause, isn't that great
of an idea. A slight deficit is fine, but try not to go too much lower than 500
calories below what you normally eat.
hydrated. Consuming and disposing of fluids is your body's way of
flushing out toxins. Every time you run to the little boys' or girls' room,
that's another chance to send potentially harmful baddies out of your
Sweat out the
The only kind of stress that might actually help you
fight off illness is regular exercise. Working out gets your
blood pumping and your pores sweating. When this happens, your whole body's
working a lot more efficiently, including your immune system.
Of course, if you do get
sick, then it's time to take it easy. Your body needs all available resources
to battle the illness.
And for those of you who
think you're just too busy to exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and stop
stressing, remember that once that flu nails you, you'll be wasting a lot more
time in bed than you would have doing a daily 60 minutes of aerobic
Be a clean
Walking around with a face mask on might be getting a
little carried away, but there are certainly ways to keep your personal space
First off, wash
your hands. Just think of all the things and people you touch in a
day. (It's pretty gross when you really start to meditate on it, so don't think
about it too much.) When washing, use hot, soapy water and count to 10. Then,
dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.
You don't really need to
wash with antibacterial soap. In fact, some experts feel that, like
antibiotics, antibacterial products are actually making us more susceptible to
illness. Just a good, natural soap will do.
Next, try to avoid
sharing cups and utensils. Sure, that other person seems healthy
enough now, but you have no idea if they're a day away from becoming bedridden.
Finally, try to
avoid enclosed spaces, especially ones where there are lots of
other people. This might be tough in an office situation, but what you
certainly can do is open windows and/or go for a walk
outside at lunch. Getting into the sun will also give you a healthy
dose of vitamin D, which certainly won't hurt!
It's surprisingly easy to
fight off illness. Keep stress down, exercise, and keep cleanthat's all
it takes. Too bad it's not as easy dealing with brother Burt . . .