Wash Your Hands
Hand washing frequently throughout the day really does prevent germs from spreading and will decrease the likelihood of getting sick. Using warm water and soap will kill germs, but take your time. Don’t rush! Don’t just wash your hands for just 5 seconds; try to count to 20 each time. Work up to your wrists and under your fingernails, too. For best results, wipe hands dry with a towel. Hands are certainly germ magnets, so remember to keep them away from your nose, mouth and food when you can!
Get Plenty of Sleep
Some people may think of winter as a time for resting and relaxing indoors by a warm fire, while others embrace the season by playing outside in the snow or hitting the slopes. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system, and the average adult actually needs 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night. Kids and teens need even more. Take advantage of the shorter days by going to sleep earlier. Make sure kids take their naps, too! Getting plenty of sleep is a great way to fight off flu. A well rested immune system is a healthy and happy immune system.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating real foods, as opposed to processed foods, is an excellent way to live a generally healthy lifestyle, and will also help you out during flu season. Eating fish or taking an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement is a good thing to do regularly, and will give your body nutrients it needs. Be sure to eat several servings of vegetables and fruits each day. These naturally occurring foods are loaded with beneficial antioxidants and will keep your immune system working hard to fight off the flu. Some other specific immune boosting foods you may want to consider eating include broccoli, red peppers, sweet potatoes, oranges, spinach, ginger and garlic. Taking a good multi-vitamin is also a smart move.
Keep Heads Covered
You may have heard that keeping your head warm will prevent you from getting sick. There is definitely some truth to that. When you become cold, your body temperature drops and that depresses the immune system. So be sure to bundle up out there! Wear hats or earmuffs and gloves when it is cold outside.
Get Your Flu Shot
This a great step in a flu prevention routine. Getting vaccinated helps you protect yourself, as well as other people around you. This is particularly important if you are in contact with children or others with undeveloped or weakened immune systems, such as elderly or ill people. The bottom line is that getting the flu shot will likely prevent you from being sick from the flu virus. In the unlikely event that you catch the flu even after receiving the flu shot, you illness will be milder and more tolerable.
Exercising can boost immunity as well! Making your heart pump and work hard can strengthen your immune system. It also releases endorphins that will make you instantly feel happier and reduce stress levels. Being active also helps build muscle and prevents an array of diseases. Strive to get 30 minutes of exercise 3 to 5 times each week. Someone who exercises has a better chance of warding off the flu than someone who does not. So get moving! Your body will thank you for it.
Emergicare offers flu shots at all of our 4 locations. For more information, please visit our website at www.emergi-care.com. We accept walk-ins, and you can always reach us at 719-545- 0788.
We have 4 clinics serving the Pikes Peak Regions:
402 W. Bijou Colorado Springs
4083 Austin Bluffs in Colorado Springs
3002 S. Academy in Colorado Springs
4117 N. Elizabeth in Pueblo