Be Prepared! 3 Easy Ways to Fend Off a Cold and Flu

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Cold and flu season may be upon us but have no fear!  There are some very simple things you can do to help fend off nasty cold and flu symptoms.  No need to completely quarantine yourself from a coughing co-worker or keep your child out of daycare. All you need to do is follow these easy steps…

STEP 1:  Focus on healthy lifestyle habits.

Healthy Habit #1: Get plenty of sleep. This is one of the most important habits to heed since sleep is the time when our bodies heal and recharge. You can’t expect your body to fight off cold and flu viruses with an empty gas tank.  It’s crucial for adults to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and for kids to get 10-12 hours.

Healthy Habit #2: Wash your hands. Although we are surrounded by bacteria and viruses year round, we tend to be more susceptible during cold and flu season due to being indoors more, poor ventilation and being in close quarters with more people.  Make sure you wash your hands regularly with a gentle germ-killing soap such as Dial® (it’s an antibacterial powerhouse). This is especially important after shaking hands or touching objects like phones and keyboards. And here’s an easy trick for making sure your kids spend enough time at the sink: Teach them to wash their hands for as long as it takes them to sing “Happy Birthday” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Bye-bye, germs!

Healthy Habit #3: Drink plenty of fluids and remain hydrated. Stick to beverages like filtered water and herbal teas to keep the immune system running smoothly.

STEP 2:  Keep your immune system robust through healthy nutrition.
Focus on foods like leafy green vegetables and low sugar fruits like dark berries.  Avoid processed foods or any foods that come out of a box as well as high sugar foods like pastries, cookies and candy.  If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth, opt for raw organic honey or 70 percent (or greater) organic dark chocolate.

STEP 3: Stock your medicine cabinet.
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.”  Keep some vitamin C around so that if you do get sick, you can take 1 gram per day in order to boost your immunity.  Stock your house, office and purse with Scotties® tissues to help aid sniffles, sore noses and those sneezes that sneak up on you!  The last thing you want is to find yourself or your child with a runny nose and nothing but an old crumpled tissue at the bottom of your purse.  And since one of the top reasons for missing work is due to parents taking care of sick kids, make sure you pick up some Triaminic® products at your local drugstore. If symptoms do arise in your little ones, it can help alleviate symptoms and make them feel better while they heal so you don’t have to miss too many days of work.

With these few easy steps, you’ll be sure to breeze through this cold and flu season.

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