Flu related deaths are on the rise, and people across the globe are wondering if they're next. Simple tips, like those listed below, will help you in your quest to prevent the flu.
Wash your hands. Wash your hands before preparing food, after using the bathroom, after sneezing or blowing your nose. Also wash them after changing a baby's diaper, or any other situation where your hands might get dirty. Be sure to wash your hands properly, including the tops of your hands as well as under your fingernails. Handwashing is key to preventing the flu.
Cover your mouth (and nose!). It's common sense to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, but after people-watching at the mall all week, I have to say that common sense isn't so common anymore. Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. The inside of your elbow does not open doors, or touch other people, so it's a safer option than sneezing into your hands.
Eat the right foods. Besides eating a healthy balanced diet, add in some foods that are known to prevent and fight the flu. Garlic, among other foods such as salmon, bell peppers, and oysters, help boost your immune system and keep you healthy.
Drink up! Drinking smoothies with yogurt (think probiotics) will help you fight the flu this winter. Avoid sugary drinks, and be sure to drink plenty of water. See 131 Smoothie Recipes.
Get moving. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine, even when you don't feel like moving, will help you in more ways than one! In addition to preventing the flu, it will help you get and stay toned. You can't beat that!
Sometimes, no matter how careful we are, we still contract the flu virus. If that happens, get lots of rest and drink plenty of water, and hope it goes away quickly.