How to stay healthy during flu season

 

It’s kind of ironic that I’m writing this post today being that it feels like my head weighs a ton, my ears are clogged, and I have a sore throat.

Luckily, I had a flu shot before Michael was born, so this shouldn’t be anything more than an annoying cold.

And that leads me to the main subject of this post… the flu.

Did you know that you can be exposed to flu germs from up to 6 feet away? That means, the person behind you in line at the grocery store or a co-worker sitting across from you during a meeting can infect you.

Pleasant, right?

Being that the flu is particularly awful this year, I’ve compiled some tips to help you and your loved ones stay well.

 

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How to stay healthy during flu season

  • Get a flu shot.  Once you have the shot, it can take up to two weeks for the immunity to take place, so the sooner you get your shot…the better.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze to avoid spreading germs to others.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Disinfect areas of your home where germs are known to fester, such as the kitchen sink and bathroom.
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.  For instance, only visit doctor’s offices that have a “Well Waiting Area”.  Wait there if you have to see a doctor for a routine check-up/well visit to avoid those who are there due to illness.
  • Eat yogurt.  Some researchers think that the bacteria found in yogurt can actually stop viruses from binding to tissue.
  • Boost your immune system by eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
  • Eat lots of garlic.  Not only will this keep all of those germ-infested people from wanting to come near you (kidding, of course), but garlic can actually boost your immune system.
  • Drink red wine.  Nope.  This isn’t a mistake.  Some studies have shown that the resveratrol found in red wine can prevent flu cells from replicating.
  • If you’re not into alcohol, sip some chamomile tea to help eliminate bacteria.
  • Eat spicy foods to alleviate congestion and keep your immune system strong.

I guess this means that I need to make myself a big bowl of yogurt sprinkled with minced garlic and red pepper flakes- which I’ll wash down with a glass of red wine.  😉

Have you had a flu shot this year?

What are some of your tips for staying healthy?  It probably goes without saying, but be sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of water as well.

Stay healthy, my friends!

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11 Comments

  1. Michelle

    I am SO paranoid about the flu now! I’ve never gotten the flu shot before because I was sort of against it (I feel like everyone I know has gotten sick from it) but now Matt and I are rushing to get them. There’s a major shortage up here but I just found a Walgreens that is getting a delivery later today and the guy nicely agreed to hold 2 for me. Just so scary with a baby, I really should have changed my mind sooner! Fingers crossed we stay flu free until the immunity kicks in 🙂 Hope all is well with you and your Michaels!

    • This was the first year that I ever got a shot, and I am so happy that I did. I have my fingers crossed that your little family stays healthy! 🙂

  2. Yup, I’ve gotten a flu shot for about the last 6 years or so, and the only time I’ve gotten the flu was the first year, but I think it was some freakish strain my nephews gave me when visiting them in Chicago. I am a crazy hand washer, so I think that’s definitely one of the keys to avoiding it. Other than that I’m not sure how I manage to avoid it, but I’ll keep doing whatever I’m doing since I haven’t had it in a while!

  3. No flu shot here…. still trying to decide!

    my best plan for staying healthy:

    wash your hands thoroughly – soap and warm water for the coarse of row row row your boat LOL

    DON’T touch your face!

    wash your hands thoroughly

    get outside into the fresh air rather than being cooped up in areas that contain the unknown germs

    remember…. wash your hands thouroughly and don’t touch your face!

    Here’s to a healthy season…..

  4. I have had my flu shot. I use avoidance, hand washing, hand sanitizing, use the dishwasher, use the hot cycle on the wash machine, and just keep myself healthy. I hope you feel better sweetie:) Happy Weekend!!!

  5. Great tips! On Doctor Radio they were talking about the flu this week and they said wash, wash, wash your hands. The doctors also said that they carry hand sanitizer with them and use it frequently.

    We received flu shots at work and I was happy to be first in line!

  6. Stopping by from SITS. Love these tips. I know folks always like to complain about the flu shot’s usefulness/effectiveness, but honestly the only time we’ve gotten the flu in the last several years was the ONE time we skipped it. (Hubby got his, and he stayed healthy while the kids and I were miserable for a week.)

  7. I have gotten the flu shot every year since I was 12. Served me well so far! If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Who knows what you will touch with those hands after you sneeze in them…and most people won’t even wash out all the germs on their hands even if they immediately sneeze and wash their hands.

    Great tips! Feel better soon!

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