Staying Healthy During Cold And Flu Season

Staying Healthy During Cold And Flu Season

By Heather Jabusch

We all get sick from time to time and moms tend to get everything their kids do sooner or later.  For me, it is usually upper respiratory or allergies. It does not help that I live in South Louisiana and “Yes! People were wearing shorts for Christmas.”  Still, all the changes in weather affect your well being more than you think.  If you can keep your common ailments (including stress) at bay, then your body is more likely to be able to repel the bugs that are going around.  Follow these tips to help avoid the cold and flu season.

 

Clean hands are happy hands

This first one is first, because it is absolutely crucial in the prevention of spreading germs.  Wash your hands!  Even if you can use paper towels to open/lock the restroom doors and your shoe to flush the toilet; you are exposed to lots of airborne germs and should always wash your hands after the restroom (Some even wash before and after).  When you do not have access to a sink, use Germ-x!  Most of you that know me, know that I keep a small bottle in my purse and another one in my car at all times.

Think about everything you touch when going into a business:  grocery carts/baskets, warehouse stored goods, money, pens, phones, door knobs, etc.  All these things are used by the general public all the time.  So when I get back in my car, or even in a friend’s car, I germ-x my hands first.  I am not saying this is full proof, but very important in the grand scheme of things as we are quick to touch our face which allows germs to quickly get into our system.  Even my day at work starts off with me wiping down my phone, pens and occasionally my keyboards.  Remember, just because we wash our hands does not mean others do.

Another proactive step to staying well is to take your daily vitamins regularly.  A great diet always helps, but even those on the best of diets, still need supplemental vitamins to meet the daily requirements. Feel free to discuss which vitamin is best for you with your physician or pharmacist.   They will know what and when you should take as some medications can cause interactions if taken together.  We are all unique and have different vitamin/supplemental needs.  Should you not have access to a doctor and want to learn more about taking vitamins. Also be sure to look up daily dosages, drug interactions and all side effects before taking anything new.

I also take Vitamin C daily.  This is the main supplement that helps build up your immune system. I know what you’re thinking, “This is too many pills.” My husband puts them next to my drink at dinner time and encourages me to take them daily and this helps a lot.  Since he works in the pharmacy, he has a strong will to keep our immune systems up and ready to attack.  Take the lead and be the one to remind and help keep your family in good health.

This is the first year we started taking probiotics. 70% of your immune health is in your digestive tract (gut).  “Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women, according to the Harvard Health Guide. Although this does not directly fight against the cold/flu, it has been said to help with side effects of the antibiotics in replacing the body with good bacteria.

Also try to spend at least 10 minutes outside exposed to the sun to soak up some Vitamin D.  The sun is the best source of Vitamin D, and make sure to get Vitamin K, both which have essential roles in our bodies’ daily nutritional values for a healthy immune system. Dr. Oz and Diane Sawyer have a very interesting video on how important it is and how to quantify your daily adequate levels.

In addition to germ awareness/cleanliness and supplements, exercise is often great medicine.  Whether you are lifting weights or cutting the grass, you will most likely sweat.  This is a vast way for your body to expel toxins and avoid bugs from taking over your immune system.  Be sure to drink plenty of water to aid your body in flushing out your system, as well as, digesting the medications.  Lots of medications can upset your stomach if not taken with food or a full glass of water.  Again, please read all labels and talk to a doctor about which supplements you might need to be taking.  Let us start out the New Year with a boost in our immune system.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Great advice

  2. Heather Jabusch says:

    Thank you so much Michelle =)

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