Be Immune: Get Through the Season With No Flu!

    ACHOOOOOOO!  You hear it, and you can only hope that whoever it was was covering their face.  Yes, it’s flu season, and short of wearing surgical gloves and a facemask to H.E.B., there really is no way to contain yourself in a germ-free bubble.  So, here are a few tips to keep the aches and pains away this season as much as humanly possible.

    Vitamin C and D

    Vitamin C is loaded with anti-oxidants, and D is research-proven to decrease the likihood of influenza.  Pump up your dose with supplements like Emergen-C and this D3 liquid to keep the nasties at bay.  If you do start to feel sick, start/continue use to lessen symptoms and recovery time.

    Sleep

    We all know that our society runs on an exhaustion-powered machine, but the more tired you are, the more run-down your body gets, and the more defenseless it becomes.  To fight off a virus or infection, your body needs to be running on all cylinders. If you are sleep deprived, your energy levels and anti-bodies are severely reduced, making you susceptible to the germs that might infiltrate.  Get at least 7-9 hours of quality, consistent sleep every night to allow your body to recover from it’s daily grind.

    Natural Defenses

    There are a ton of naturally-sourced resources to help us fight off flu season. Elderberry syrup and chews are super popular right now, as this berry is packed with antioxidants. You can buy them online and at natural food stores, or you can make your own!  Check out this recipeHerbal teas, like those containing ginger or Echinacea can improve immune response, as well as using essential oils that contain eucalyptus, lemon, or peppermint.  Get those diffusers going!

    Wash Your Hands!

    Yup, this is the easiest way to prevent the spread of germs.  Wash your hands often, and use antibacterial gel when not around a sink and soap.  Most grocery stores now have wipes available to clean the handle of the shopping carts, and you can use paper towels or a sleeve to open bathroom or other outer doors.  If you work in an office setting, clean off any commonly used spaces like keyboards or phone handsets with an antibacterial/antiviral wipe before using them. Don’t forget other places that germs may be lurking: elevator buttons, stairway rails, library books, remote controls, etc.  

    We raise a glass of orange juice to you; here’s to a cold and flu-free season!

     

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