With flu season around the corner, here are a few quick and easy tips on how to prevent catching a cold!
- Wash your hands. Washing your hands with hot, soapy water is a simple and effective way to prevent colds and flu. Wash your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. So basically, this is the time it takes for you to sing the alphabet song. Singing from A to Z will be just enough time to wash bacteria away. And don’t forget the tops of your hands too, not just the palms.
- Get Some Fresh Air. By opening a window, you allow fresh air to circulate that keeps airborne germs on the move. So open your windows for at least 15 minutes each day. Fresh air is invigorating as well and refreshes your mind and body.
- Don’t Put Your Hands in Your Mouth. As simple as it sounds, many people touch their face and mouth several times a day unnecessarily. This transmits bacteria to your mouth, eyes and nose.
Also, resist the temptation to bite your nails.
- Sleep Eight Hours. Sleep is essential to good health. And physicians say the magic number for sleep is eight.
Eight hours of sleep allows your body to effectively fight off colds and flu.
You will be more awake, refreshed and healthy by getting a good night’s rest.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids. We’ve all been told to drink plenty of water and fluids to prevent a cold.
But how does this work?
By drinking fluids you keep your mucus thin.
When it is thinner, it is easier to flush out of your system thereby preventing you from getting ill.
So drink plenty of water, tea and juices during this season.