How To Avoid Getting Sick During Cold & Flu Season

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! Today I wanted to switch it up a bit and discuss some of the ways that I avoid getting sick in the Fall and all year round. As I have with other posts, I want to reiterate that I am not a doctor or medical professional. If you are seriously concerned about anything related to health, please go see a doctor.

The following are tips that I have picked up over the years that I would like to pass on to you. Whether you’re working, traveling, shopping, or at home with your family, try some of these steps to protect your immune system and fight off any cold that may come your way.

Sanitize & Disinfect

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It may seem super germophobic, but I always carry hand sanitizer and travel sized Clorox wipes in my purse everywhere that I go. This comes in handy so much when you are on the go and constantly touching different surfaces. As I mentioned in my How To Save Your Skin While Traveling article, found here, wipe down tray tables and other articles that are constantly touched by people.

You should also disinfect your office space at work frequently. I try to do mine once a week, if not more, especially during cold and flu season. My office also has a Lysol spray bottle in the bathroom, which I frequently use to spray door handles and other areas often involved in human contact. It may sound gross, but you have no idea who is or isn’t washing their hands.

These tips should also translate to your home. If a family member is sick, disinfect areas that they have come in to contact with. Frequently clean and sanitize other areas as well as germs are easily spread and brought home.

I also want to mention that you should wipe down your cell phone a lot. Studies show that a cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Clean that baby and clean it often! Cell phones are cesspools for germs.

Wash Your Hands….Frequently

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As much as I probably don’t need to mention this, I still need to because I have noticed people do not follow this. Please, please, please wash your hands and wash them often. Not only will that protect you, but it will also protect others.

Before you eat, wash your hands. After going to the bathroom, wash your hands. If you are cooking, wash your hands.

Sweat It Out

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Exercise is good for the body obviously, but exercising also helps sweat to release germs and toxins from the body. Even sitting in a sauna for a short period of time can encourage this.

Those who are healthier and take better care of themselves are less likely to get sick. You don’t need to spend hour at the gym either, studies have shown that easy to moderate exercise actually boosts your immune system. Bottom line, engage in some activity and sweat out anything from your body.

Get Lots of Sleep

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Another no-brainer, sleep is essential to a healthy mind and body. When you are sleep deprived you are more likely to get sick.

Research shows that our bodies need seven to eight hours of sleep in order to stimulate an immune response from our cells that kill viruses. Sleep is my most reliable defense against infection.

Bring Your Own Pen

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Using your own pen stops the spread of germs. Whether you are going to the bank, grocery store, restaurants, the doctor’s office, wherever, using your own pen will protect you and your family from getting sick.

Think of how many places that pen that you signed your receipt with at your favorite restaurant has been? No thank you!

Load Up on Vitamin C

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Another obvious one and one that I’m sure you hear often is to load up on Vitamin C. I actually take Vitamin C tablets on the daily with my other vitamins. This has helped my immune system so I hardly ever get sick.

When I am traveling I also take Airborne once or twice a day. If you feel a cold coming, pop some Emergen C. Even if you do get sick, taking this could shorten the duration of your cold and possibly even lessen the effects.

Chill on the Alcohol

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Alcohol interferes with your sleep quality and those who are sleep deprived are more susceptible to getting sick. It also dehydrates you, which is a big no no.

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, studies have shown that excessive alcohol suppresses the immune system by reducing the ability of white blood cells to effectively kill bacteria.

There are even studies that show that if you are already sick and have one drink it can actually lengthen your virus by a few days. You don’t need to skip that glass of wine at dinner, but don’t go after the whole bottle.

Get Fresh Air

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Even if it’s freezing out, try to get a few minutes outside. This season contains more sickness because we are all inside and sharing the same air. You could even open your window for a few minutes or invest in an air purifier. There are some filter-less models on the market designed specifically to remove or inactivate bacteria and viruses.

What are your tips for preventing sickness? Any tips you have for me? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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