The current flu season appears to be spreading rampantly and very quickly; however, there are several basic precautions that people can take to ensure they remain healthy and, at times, you might be required to be a little anti-social by avoiding the friendly hugs and handshakes.
In recent weeks, I have had a unique opportunity to work with a dynamic group of people in a very unique setting that happens to be open to the public. In spite of this onslaught of humanity, there are select precautions I will take as I adamantly refuse to subject my body to a flu vaccine.
Here are the tried and true methods I have used for longer than I can recall and I always am able to maintain my good health throughout the seasons.
Fasting. The simple concept of water or juice fasting will allow the body to naturally detox and improve health. If I have the ability to rest, then water fasting is a good solution; juice fasting (with an emphasis on vegetables) provides the nutrition and calories to keep me on the go. For juice fasting, invest in a Breville juicer or a Vita-Mix because this will become one of your greatest tools for optimum health.
Avoid Dairy. The concept of avoiding dairy is an issue that can take up volumes; however, for this article, we are simply going to focus on the fact that dairy can, and does, cause congestion. And the last thing you need when you are trying to avoid a bout with the cold or flu is more dairy!
Eat Healthy. Avoid processed foods, soft drinks, and fast foods. Even though the winter months don't always offer the rich assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables as the summer months, this is one time of the year where it is imperative for you to eat as healthy as possible so your body has every opportunity to fight off infection naturally.
Hand Washing. Err on the side of caution and keep those hands washed! There's no need to do a quick soap and dash, take the time to really lather those hands up well and rinse with warm water.
Lotion. Some people complain about frequent hand washing being too drying to their hands and then go on to complain about lotions being too greasy. L'Occitane has a travel size of their world-famous hand lotion that is rich with shea butter but absorbs with little to no greasy film afterward.
Anti-Bacterial. Bath and Body Works has a handy little product called PocketBac and they are little bottles of anti-bacterial that can easily be carried around in a pocket. With a variety of fragrances to appeal to both men and women, and a price of $3, there is simply no reason to not have a quick solution on hand at all times.
Cleaning Wipes. There are a multitude of cleaning wipes on the market and investing in a large container will allow you to take a few on the go with you by placing them in a resealable bag. The wipes are great for everything from keyboards, to office phones, to cell phones, and desks. Bacteria can live for hours on a hard surface so the more sanitary your work space is, the better for you in the long run.
Embrace life and stay healthy!
© Raine Devries 2013