Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Tammy Mahan, from Healthline, is guest posting today with an article every parent will find extremely useful!  Stay healthy and keep your kids healthy too!

The time of year when colds and flu are most common is one that most people dread because of the ability to simply treat the symptoms instead of curing the ailment. You have to be prepared for the season by going to your doctor and getting the flu shot in order to help keep colds and flu at bay. You should not get the shot if you have already become sick since it will make illnesses worse.

There are some things that can be done in order to remain healthy while avoiding colds and flu.

      Stay away from sugar because the immune system is weakened with it; fruit juices have high sugar concentrations.
      The immune system is aided by vitamin C, which is found in vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, asparagus, leafy greens and cauliflower. You should consume at least three to five servings each day.
      Drink eight to twelve cups of water daily to keep your system flushed out and get exercise regularly.
      You should make a kit of things such as vitamin C, grapefruit seed extract and lozenges in the event that you get sick.
      Wash your hands frequently and sanitize surfaces when you have encountered a sick person. Carry hand sanitizer for the times when there is not a sink readily available.

When it comes to keeping children healthy during cold and flu season, you should make sure to teach them not to share food or drinks with other people since this spreads germs. It is important to keep your distance from sick people when you have babies or small children in the house.

Getting enough rest is essential to remaining well since the immune system aids the body in healing itself better when the body is rested. Getting the flu shot will also help to prevent you from getting sick.


Healthy Diet for Avoiding Colds and Flu

Eating certain foods can help you to maintain your health. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the main food groups that will aid you in remaining healthy. This includes an adequate intake of vitamin C and vitamin D. Sources of these vitamins include:

      Citrus fruit such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruits
      Fish which can be taken as a supplement of fish oil
      Ginseng in combination with vitamin C helps to prevent colds.

You are often unprepared when colds strike since they come on suddenly. Keeping a few things such as pain relievers, chicken noodle soups and lozenges on hand to keep you from having to go out and exposing others to your germs when you become sick is a good idea. Determine if your physician can call in prescriptions to the pharmacy for you, and if the pharmacy will deliver to avoid having to leave home during a cold or the flu.

It is good to be prepared for the cold and flu season but it is better to practice prevention to avoid catching them. Keeping hand sanitizer with you will aid in killing germs while you are out; you should sneeze into your elbow and avoid congested areas to help keep germs from spreading.


Tammy Mahan has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with Healthline.com.

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