How To Overcome Flu Season
Ah, Fall. The season leaves begin to change colors, kids go trick-or-treating, cold weather strikes, and most people get sick. While flu season is unpredictable, we can take necessary steps needed in order to stay healthy and enjoy this beautiful season.
Chart from the CDC: When Flu Season Peaks
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), flu season activity starts in October, but peaks between December and March. That's four months that you need to protect your immune system harder than you already do!
Most people get a flu vaccination in hopes of staying healthy. However, it can take up to two weeks for the antibodies to develop and protect you. If you're not careful, you'll be sick before the antibodies kick in causing your body to work twice as hard, leaving you feeling sluggish and unwell.
So, how can you prevent getting sick while you're waiting for the antibodies to form? Follow these simple steps:
Wash your hands
Washing your hands is SO important. Make sure you wash your hands after using the bathroom, when you first come inside, and after you blow your nose. Have you heard of the ABCs of Proper Handwashing? It takes anywhere from 15 to 20 seconds to thoroughly wash your hands, which is the same amount of time needed to sing or hum the ABCs in your head.
Keep your area clean
If you have your own personal desk at work, make sure you wipe it down each night with some Lysol pads. Not only will this ensure you've gotten the germs off your desk, but it'll give you some initiative to clean up after yourself each night (which is a great thing to do regardless)!
Avoid contact with sick people
This might be a hard one for you, especially if you have young children. The chances of you getting the flu from someone else is more common than getting it from airborne bacteria. If you absolutely need to have contact with someone who is sick, wash your hands when you're finished talking to them even if no physical contact was made. You can never be too safe!
Have a balanced diet
Healthy eating will strengthen your immune system. Plus - a lot of fruits and vegetables have beneficial vitamins that can (and will) protect you from the flu!
It's recommended that you drink 8 glasses of water each day. Drinking water will keep your nasal passages moist, making it hard for viruses to stick around.
Working out 3-4 times a week is a great way to help your body fight off infections. A quick walk will even do the trick!
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for your immune system's health. If you don't get enough sleep, it will lower the immune system's function! Make sure you give your body plenty of time to rest up!
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Do you have any home remedies for staying healthy during flu season? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure you share this article with friends and family, too!