The winter holiday season, although fun-filled with endless great indoor and outdoor family activities is also a hotbed for the spread of common flus and colds. Here are 15 ways to help prevent you and your family from getting the flu or cold during the holidays.
- If you haven’t had a chance to get the flu shot for you or your kids, make sure that you get it soon, since it takes up to two weeks for your immunity to develop. Don’t worry if your child is afraid of needles, since this year there is now a nasal spray available to help prevent the flu.
- Avoid drinking alcohol, because it is said to disrupt important REM sleep and weaken your immune system if consumed in high quantities.
- Drink black or green tea with lemon and honey, since drinking tea and breathing in steam simulates the cilia (hair follicles) in your nose, which moves out germs more efficiently. And lemon thins mucus, while honey acts as a natural antibacterial.
- Make sure that you consume an adequate amount of protein rich foods, such as fish, eggs, and yogurt.
- Clean off work-out equipment at home or the gym with sanitizer wipes prior to using them.
- Sanitize your office space, and especially things which have been used by a large number of people, such as microwaves, fridges, computers, and reception desks, since rhinoviruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours.
- If you think you are getting the cold, take cold Eeze lozenges with zinc for a few days to relieve cold symptoms quicker, such as a sore throat.
- Do a nasal rinse using a bulb syringe and nasal saline irrigation product from the local pharmacy or make your own nasal rinse saline irrigation solution at home using the following simple steps:
- Mix 3 teaspoons iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon baking soda.
- Next add 1 teaspoon of this mixture to a cup of distilled or boiled water.
- According to paramedic, Kristina Economou from Monterey California, she and her work partner create juice drinks before work, which include super healthy ingredients, such as kale, broccoli, apple, arugula, and lemon, so that she can get the recommended amount of 9 fruit and vegetable servings every day.
- Avoid using water fountains and stair railings.
- Massage therapist, Christine Nelson from Las Cruces, New Mexico, says she gets a massage once a month to improve circulation, which boosts immunity by nourishing cells with more blood and oxygen, while also relieving stress.
- According to David Katz, doctor and author of Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well, making sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep is a great way to prevent yourself from getting colds or flus, since this is the amount of sleep our body requires to stimulate an immune response from our ‘natural killer cells’, which attack viruses.
- Making sure you wash you and your children’s hands thoroughly with soap on a consistent basis is essential to prevent the spread and pick-up of harmful cold and flu germs.
- Cleaning your smartphone on a regular basis with sanitary wipes is another excellent way to avoid germs being spread from other people who may come in contact with your phone or the un-sanitary surfaces it comes in contact at work or school.
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Aviva Patz. Health.com. 20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu.