Sick of being sick? Follow these steps for some extra armor against those nasty bugs and viruses this season.
Attack The Germies!
I have found that carrying a pocket-sized gel disinfectant with you in your pocket/purse does wonders for keeping you from getting sick. I know that Purell comes in little tiny bottles, but I’m sure you can find any brand that suits you. If you can’t find little bottles, drop by your dollar store and just buy a mini bottle and put it in there. Remember that Germs are on everything that someone else has touched. Always clean your hands before eating and especially after touching communal objects like bus poles and doors. I read somewhere that using disinfectant hand gels and hand washes too often can make your body resistant to antibiotics, and soap and water is just as effective. So, be careful there.
Remember when you were a stubborn child who never needed that extra coat that grandma pushed on you when you went out to play? Well, you aren’t a child anymore and being sick nowadays probably won’t be a treat where you get to stay home and watch cartoons while someone brings you soup and teddy bears. Always have warm clothing and accessories handy for those chilly days. A lower body temperature puts you at higher risk for getting sick because when you are cold, your immune system is lower than usual.
3 items which spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for your immune system are sugar, fast (processed) food and alcohol. Avoiding these for the most part, will help keep your body strong and ready to fight the viruses and infections it is presented with. Eating lots of fresh vegetables and keeping a balanced diet is always a good idea.
Rest and Relaxation, a.k.a. R&R!
Getting your full 8 hours sleep, or whatever is a full natural sleep for you, will keep you primed for fighting off illnesses. Also, keeping yourself as stress free as possible helps improve your overall health. Some techniques for staying positive in a sea of stress are meditation, self-affirmations, herbal teas, aromatherapy, or even just taking a few minutes out of your day to sit quietly and breathe.
There is some controversy over whether or not vitamins and supplements are effective at curing or preventing anything. However, I believe there is more positive proof supporting them than negative, and they don’t hurt. Some good health products to take for strengthening your immune system are Reishi Mushroom (or Red Reishi), Echinacea, and Vitamin C. You can also take a multi-vitamin to get other benefits. Green tea, blueberries, and pomegranate are gaining fame for power foods. They are antioxidants, meaning they help to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins. Be careful of health drinks which claim that they are healthy or antioxidant but contain a bunch of sugar or sweetener. As I said before, sugar is not healthy.
Be advised that a huge amount of physical exertion after a long period of being idle will temporarily throw your immune system down. However, if you are a bit of a sloth, and want to get into exercising and being healthy, don’t be afraid. Just start off slowly. Some good ways to incorporate physical activity slowly into your life would be to start taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator when you can, go for walks instead of short drives/bus rides, join a beginners dance/swim/sports class, or find a buddy who matches your physical fitness level and start off slow with them at a gym or on jogs around a park.
If you are in a space with a lot of people, or need to be close to someone, mind their sneezing and coughing. If they do so without covering their mouth or turning their face, don’t be afraid to remind them politely that other people don’t want their germs. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our population healthy.
To your doctor… Regular doctor visits and checkups will ensure that nothing little develops into something big. Keep on top of your body’s smaller problems to avoid the bigger problems that can arise from neglecting your health.
To FluShot or not to FluShot?
Well, it’s really up to you. I have read some material which suggested that getting a flu shot is bad for you, but every doctor you ask will tell you that those rumors are false, and that the flu shot is harmless and a great measure of defense against the flu. It is especially recommended for children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I truly believe that positive thinking and a positive attitude affects your health disposition. People who go around saying they get sick easily and feeling like they are always on the verge of being ill will be just that way. Boast to others and to yourself about how you are super-healthy and never get sick, and I think you will notice a difference in how you feel.