As you’re reading this you may have just finished one of many sneeze attacks. Maybe you just came out of the restroom from getting toilet paper to blow your nose. Perhaps you are wiping your nose right now with a tethered piece of tissue. Your child may be suffering from the common cold, and you are searching the internet vigorously for remedies. Either way you or someone you know, and love is coping or has had to cope with cold or flu symptoms. What if you could avoid getting sick, and make your chances of catching the cold or flu this season slim to none? Here are some tips that can prevent you from catching a cold or flu as the temperatures begin to drop.
Lots of people make the mistake of not checking the temperature outside before them or their kids leave the house in the morning or even in the evening. Not checking the out door temperature by watching the news or stepping outside causes kids to go to school without a coat. I’m a teacher so I see this all the time. Failing to check the temperature may also cause adults who get in their cars from their closed garage to make it all the way to work only to find out they are not equipped for the weather when they step out of their car. Nine times out of ten they will be forced to face the cold temperatures without a coat, hat or gloves. Later in the day they will begin to sneeze or cough, and have to deal with a week or two of wet tissue, and a miserable feeling of cold or flu symptoms. All of this can be easily avoided by making it a habit to always check the temperature before leaving the house, and bundling up properly. Always wear a hat and coat if temperatures are below 70 degrees. If the temperature is below 60 degrees you should also be wearing gloves, and a scarf to protect your neck. If the temperature is below 40 degrees you should be wearing boots, thick sox, and long johns as well as the things I mentioned previously. It’s better to be hot than cold.
Additional Tips to Prevent Sickness
1. Wash your hands with soap as much as possible throughout the day. If you can’t get to a faucet keep hand sanitizer with you and use that. It actually kills 99.9% of germs. Cold and flu germs enter the body through the nose, mouth, and eyes. You should avoid touching your face at all cost until you have had a chance to wash or sanitize your hands, after you have touched anything or anyone.
2.Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Also please use a tissue to wipe your nose. Make sure you wash your hands after doing so.
3. Eat a nutrient rich diet with plenty of whole fruits and vegetables. It’s good to have a good organic multi vitamin that you take daily, but nothing can replace the raw nutrition, and immunity boosting vitamins, and minerals of real fruits and veggies.
4. Drink Lots of Fluids especially water, and natural fruit juices. Not soda or alcohol. Our bodies need a lot of water daily to function properly. If we don’t consume enough water our bodies begin to break down, and become vulnerable to all types of sicknesses not limited to the common cold and flu.
5. Exercise Regularly. Studies show that people who do regular exercise get half as many colds as those who don’t. Lets say you only got one cold last year. If you exercise regulary that means you could possibly get zero colds this year! Our bodies function better when we exercise regulary. For example you could run a mile twice a week, take up a sport or do an excercise video to name a few things.
6. Use a sauna
7. Don’t smoke. Smoking leaves people open to all types of sickness and disease. Not only smokers, but people around 2nd hand smoke or more likely to catch the cold, and flu as well.
8. Avoid sick people at all cost. Both the cold, and flu are easily spread. Not only that but they go air borne.
There are also certified organic products you can take to build your immune system. If you have any other tips about avoiding the cold and flu please add them in the comment section.
About the Author
Justin R. Douglas is a organic health specialist from Houston, Tx. He enjoys sharing health tips with people so those people and their families can live healthier life styles. If you would like to receive weekly health tips about a wide variety of health concerns you may subscribe here. Until next time live a happy healthy life!
Justin R. Douglas
Organic Health Consultant