Hey groundhog, what early spring? Much of the East
Coast is still getting walloped by wintery weather: cold and flu season is
dragging on for the time-being. Read on for tips for dodging winter illnesses while
Rinse, Repeat: Your mother was right. Washing your hands
is the best source of defense against flu and cold germs. Make hand-washing a
regular habit when you first arrive at the office and throughout the day.
Lather up and scrub for at least 20 seconds-sing
the A, B, Cs in your head to gauge proper scrubbing time-and
you are good to go. In a pinch, use a hand sanitizer but make sure it contains
at least 60 percent alcohol for maximum effectiveness.
A good night's sleep is clinically proven to help ward off cold germs so log at
least seven, or better yet eight, hours of shut-eye on a regular basis. A
rested body is a healthier body.
Diet: Add bright berries and colorful veggies to your workday
diet to boost your immune system with powerful antioxidants. For more immune
boosting eats, read 10 Flu Fighting Foods. And maintain optimum energy levels all day long with the ideas from our past
post Healthy Office Eats. Yup, It's Possible.
Stress: Take steps to reduce stress which can undermine your
immune system. Add regular, moderate exercise to your daily routine and
consider relaxation techniques such as mediation or journaling. Even a brisk
15-minute walk midday can be enough to boost your energy levels and
reinvigorate your immune system. For other ideas, read Stress
Less: Seven Simple Ideas to Cut Stress.
Tea, Subtract Wine: Even moderate consumption of alcohol can
compromise immune response, so consider teetotaling during cold and flu season.
Instead, add green or herbal teas to your evening's routine for both their
antioxidant and relaxing properties.
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