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How to Prevent Colds and Flu From Ruining Your Fall/winter

Five easy preventive steps could keep you in good health.

In some parts of the world, changing clocks from daylight savings time to standard time marks the official start of the fall/winter season.  Sure the calendar says winter won’t be here until December, but the leaves falling from trees, the chill in the air, the darkness that comes earlier in the day, all these are sure signs of the seasonal change.

The change also marks the time of year when the unwelcome cold, cough, fever, flu season also arrives.  That coughing, hacking, sneezing and body ache that makes us feel like we are the sickest person in the world seems to arrive like clockwork when the clocks change, the fireplaces get used for the first time and you arrive home from work when it is already dark

So, along with putting on your warm flannel sheets and an extra layer of clothing, it’s time to be prepared to fight off any exposure to germs and stock up on supplies that will help you escape or lessen any illnesses, or at least help you tolerate them.

5 Steps For Preventive Care

Preventive care is key to avoiding the traditional winter illnesses of cold and flu. But as often as we’re told to take steps before we get sick, we sometimes put them off and when we fall ill we castigate ourselves because we didn’t take the steps necessary to keep us healthy.

So, if you’re promising yourself to make this cold/flu season different from past seasons here are some tips.

1. Wash you hands.  That’s simple enough and good advice all year long.  But, many people just don’t do it.  Hand washing is very important not just to ward off a cold or flu but also to protect you from other germs and bacteria, like E-coli, that can really ruin your day.  So stock up on soap and antibacterial cleansers and have them ready at every sink in your house. Also consider using disposable towels to reduce the potential for germs to transfer between family members.

2. What you eat, or supplements you take, can also make a big difference and make you strong enough to fight off illness that might otherwise put you down for several days or more. Consider extra supplements like fish oil or calcium.  Ask your doctor about adding a vitamin regimen that might work well for you.

3. Sleep. A great way for an illness to find a friendly home in you is because you don’t get enough sleep.  A lack of sleep can wear you down, compromise your immune system and leave you more susceptible to viruses and germs.

4. Keep your living quarters clean.  This may seem obvious, and it is, but it is worth mentioning.  Germs need a place to live too, and if your home offers a welcome mat because you don’t fastidiously work to keep them out germs are all too happy to accept your invitation. Keep a good supply of sanitizing cleaners on hand to help speed up the cleaning process.

5. Get a flu shot. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot. The nasal spray flu vaccine is also now available for people who qualify.

As you’re making a list of all the supplies you’ll need to help prevent family members from getting sick, make sure you look for discounts and coupon codes online at sites like CouponHeaven.com. Many stores listed on this time and money saving site offer discounts on vitamins, health supplements, cleaning supplies and even pillows, which in the long run can save you a good amount of money.

And if all your precautions don’t work and you catch something do everyone else a favor and stay home from work.  There’s nothing worse than having a co-worker cough and sniffle their way through the day and playing Russian roulette with your colleagues.  And if you think you are invaluable and just can’t miss a day of work, guess what – it’s probably not the case.  Stay home!

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