It happens every year, sometimes a tad earlier than the year before, however fall heralds the cold and flu season and there is not much we can do to prevent their visit.
What we can do is take certain steps to deal with it.
When I read what’s in the flu shot, then anything I
can do to prevent or lessen the effects of the flu, beats
the daylights out of taking that shot!
Tips to help avoid the flu
- Do take that shot if it is a survival must. Some of us are
hard heads and some of us are determined to stay
abreast of our body needs that create good overall
Viruses like the flu, last seven to 10 days. Anti-biotics
typically do not work for viruses yet they include them in
The claim that common type of flu vaccines made up of
parts of inactivated flu viruses cannot give you the flu.
And your experience?
Yet on the other hand, some claims are it gives you a
light version to help you build up your immune system
against this brand of flu.
2. Keep all physical contact clean. Wash your hands often
– in the bathroom, before eating, using good anti-bacterial
soaps and at home, use lysol spray on door handles,
toilet flush handle, taps etc.
*TIP* Alcohol-based sanitzers are a good idea to carry
on your person for when the cleanliness you prefer is not
3. Work Developing a high-functioning immune system
What do your daily health habits say about you?
– Eating regular balanced meals
– staying hydrated
– getting 7-9 hrs sleep every night
Food is a killer! Inflammation and disease all find their
root cause in what you eat.
Balanced eating does not mean left over pizza for
breakast, eggs and french fries for lunch and a steak
with all the trimmings for supper. You are a heart
attack waiting in the wings if this is how you eat.
Winter is the hardest time to stay hydrated. Furnaces and the fact some have built-in dehumidifiers so your home can be extra dry.
And the cold outdoors snaps your breath
leaving you in need of a puffer or more water?
And sleep is the buga-boo of 99% of us. Stress, the
number one killer is in our daily actions. Get rid of it and
sleep much better.
Planning early rises need to be balanced with earlier to
bed. Does that work? Probably not0, you end up tossing
and turning until your normal time to go to sleep then it
Sleep vs Stress help create bad mental health habits.
Take time to relax. Take a walk – the dog will love you. A
play period will remove the negative stress thoughts for a
little while. And light exercise will be a plus action.
Get back in tune with nature. Do a hike or a drive to see
the fall colors – beauty that lifts your spirits.
There are more things you can probably do to maintain your
good health habits. Add these to them and have a good
and happy life – every day!
These are just some of the things you can do to keep the
flu and other winter colds and virus at bay!
Till next time …