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Cold and Flu Prevention

November 20, 2010

It was announced this week the Swine Flu had hit over 22 million Americans. Amy Leigh Cutler submitted an article on SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO HELP REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A COLD OR FLU THIS WINTER. Thanks,  Amy.

The days are getting darker quicker, and the air is getting colder. Be aware, this isn’t just the season to be jolly, this is also the season to arm yourself against the cold and flu. Because there is no one cure for the cold or flu virus, it is best to take as many preventative measures as you can to keep yourself from getting sick. Here are some helpful tips to stay healthy and happy as the lights go up and the festivities begin.

1. Wash your hands and wash them often. Germs are spread so easily from handrails, door handles, and other public surfaces.

2. Don’t touch your face. The germs on your hands are just waiting to get into contact with your immune system through your eyes, nose, and mouth.

3. Exercise often. Not only does aerobic activity increase the amount of oxygen intake and helps pump blood faster throughout the body, which raises the body’s natural virus killing cells, it also releases endorphins into the body, to put you in a happier state of mind.

4. Drink lots of water. We are made up mostly of water. Drinking eight glasses a day helps to flush the system of toxins.

5. Eat lots of homemade soups stocked with fresh vegetables. The phytochemicals that turn plants colors are also great for our immune systems, and the temperature of soup is also too high for the cold and flu virus to live in.

-Amy Leigh Cutler

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