December was pretty much a scratch.
We had the flu.
All of us.
It started slowly.
I cared for the first child. It mutated and by day three I had two children down with the flu. That week is a blur because by the end of it, I was flu contaminated. I think it merged with every cell of my body.
It wouldn’t let go.
Christmas came and went and we didn’t care.
Then it was January.
I read about the flu vaccine. Everyone’s doing it, they say. It’s advertised as I walk through the doors of Walgreens or CVS. I’m not a shot person. I always opt out. There has to be another way to keep our bodies safe from illness. The truth is whether we vaccinate or not, common cold germs are always around. It takes a lot to not head out the door sneezing and stuffy.
Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter
- Don’t touch eyes, nose and mouth. It’s inevitable; we are going to come into contact with germs! But we can protect ourselves from illness if we stay away from touching our eyes, nose and mouth. Germs enter the body through these membranes, so avoiding contact is beneficial for staying healthy.
- Continue to wash your hands. One of the most important and best ways to stay healthy and avoid the flu in 2014 is to wash your hands regularly. It is recommended to wash for a full 20 seconds to keep those germs at bay. Rule of thumb: sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice and you’re good to go!
- Don’t spread germs.Keeping germs to yourself is crucial in keeping you and everyone you come in contact with healthy. Aside from washing your hands, when you have the sniffles and have to sneeze, sneeze into your elbow to avoid the spread of your sick germs.
- Eat healthy. Having a balanced and nutritious diet helps strengthen your immune system and avoid getting sick in the first place. Look for your favorite fruits and veggies at the grocery store and avoid foods that make you feel run down and tired.
- Increase zinc intake. Zinc may reduce the duration of the common cold by nearly half.
What’s your secret weapon to stay healthy through cold and flu season?