Are you avoiding your co-worker with that hacking cough, cold, or flu in the cubicle next to you?
Do you draw your hand back from every doorknob? Have cold-and-flu phobia? Medical experts help give you 14 ways to avoid colds and flu this season.
Do Not Touch Your Nose, Your Mouth or Your Eyes without first washing hands with hot soapy water. Clean under your fingernails – scrub out sneaky germs.
Good Sleep is the Best Thing.
When your body is tired, then it’s almost impossible for your body to fight a virus or bacteria. You should get 8 to 10 hours of restful sleep each night.
Avoid shaking hands – Instead do a fist bump.
During peak times of the cold or flu season. If you do shave hands with someone, then wash your hands with hot soapy water before touching your face, mouth or eyes.
Build up with healthy food
You may think its hard to eat healthy on a regular basis, but eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables supports your immune system, Robertson says. And thats a lot easier than fighting off the flu.
Exercise Prevents Colds and Flu. Why?
Exercise will boost your immune system and allows your body to fight harder, but do not exercise while you’re sick.
Avoid Being Around Sick People.
It is common sense to avoid those who are sick, especially if they are contagious. Avoid co-workers and you should also avoid sick friends and family when possible. You should be very observant if you see someone coughing, sniffling, sneezing or have all the symptoms of a cold or flu.
Always Keep Sanitizing Ingredients Hand.
Keep sanitizing gel or alcohol-based hand wipes handy. Some wipes are not alcohol-based and wont be as effective. Read the label.
Smoking Increases Odds of Getting Cold and Flu.
Smoking increases the risk of infections and decreasing immune response. Smoking destroys cilia, the little hairlike fibers inside our noses; this can help increase risks of infection.
Watch those who DOUBLE DIP. No kidding.
Beware of the dipper. Double-dippers may be passing germs to those who eat after them. Do not eat the food once you notice a double dipper.
Some Purses Will Pick Up Germs and Bacteria That Will Make You Sick.
Every time you pick up your purse you can be infecting yourself. Put away your cloth purse during the peak season of colds and flu. Instead of cloth purses, utilize vinl or leather, that can be wiped down and sanitized.
Do Not Put Your Fingers in Your Mouth and Do Not Bite Your Nails.
Infectious and contagious germs hide under your nails and can get inside your blood stream once you consume the germs.
A Happy Smiling Person Can Prevent Colds and Flu
New research discovered that happiness may help to prevent illness. Also a great sex life, positive thinking, playing with a pet, and other pleasurable behaviors will boost your immune system.
As you are aware now, your hands are a common source of germs, but taking this action doing will prevent contageous colds and flu from spreading.
Are You Sick with Cold or Flu?
Here are few things to do.
Take Care of Yourself.
If you’re sick, then stay home. Stay home and take care of yourself. Plus you will not be spreading a cold or flu to others.
Beware of Your Symptoms.
Make sure to monitor your illness. If you’re getting worse, then see your doctor. Get Pain Relief.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of Fresh Clean Water. (Reverse osmosis water if possible)
Dehydration can easily occur and your illness can get worse. Water helps to flush out germs. Try to avoid water with chemicals like Chlorine or Fluoride.
Never Use the Same Tissue to Wipe Your Nose.
Dispose of all used tissues. Do not keep these used kleenexes near you. You may be furthering the cold and re-infected yourself.
More on How to Prevent a Cold
Here’s how to stop a cold before it takes hold—and feel better by tomorrow.
As soon as you feel symptoms
Start drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose.
Gargle with salt water and hydrogen peroxide.
You can combat a scratchy throat add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. “The salt draws out excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat. The rinse also flushes out bacteria and viruses, which may help whether you’re getting a cold or want to prevent one in the first place.
Do not purchase cough medicines found in stores. They are almost worthless.
Good old honey works just as well (and tastes better!). Have one to two tablespoons straight from the jar or stirred into tea.
Over the next six hours to a few days.
Stay home if you can. the first few days of a cold is when you’re most contagious. Keep from sharing your germs, wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based disinfectant gel often.
Chicken bone broth. Sip on a cup of chicken soup through out the day.
Chicken soup with bone broth works.
Keep Heart Rate under 100.
If you’re up for a little activity, but keep your heart rate just under 100.
Eat a Health Diet of Lean Protein.
A healthy diet can help fuel the immune system, so choose a dinner that includes protein-packed foods like lean meat, fish, or beans, with a whole-grain side like brown rice and plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables. Take a hot shower before bed if you’re still feeling stuffy. Then get a good night’s sleep.
The next day, if you feel worse.
Have a fever? or start vomiting, or develop an increasingly bad headache, see your doctor—these are signs you’ve got something other than the common cold. Otherwise, keep up the routine for the next few days, just to be sure you kick that cold for good.
Cure Your Cold Faster . . .
Drink any warm liquid—including chicken soup can help relieve cold and flu symptoms. Heated drinks help loosen congestion and stimulate the flow of mucus, as well as keep you hydrated.