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Cold and flu season is upon us and while I am not a proclaimed germaphobe, discovering I had an autoimmune disease last year changed my perspective. No one knows this better than my own mother who has suffered from RA for many years. I used to think she had become that paranoid old lady (you know the ones that worry about everything), but after seeing how sick she became after surgery two years ago from a simple infection I realized it’s not something to be taken lightly. A cold or flu can make a healthy individual rather sick, but for someone with a compromised immune system a simple cold can easily become critical. So we to take extra precautions to stay germ free. Today I’m sharing tips for staying germ free everyday as well as Simple Ways To Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season.
Staying Germ Free Everyday
There’s a reason you should be getting healthy in January. It’s not only to lose weight and get summer ready, but also to stay sick-free. Studies have shown that people who part take in moderate physical activity on a regular basis are less prone to getting colds. Why? Because immune cells are stimulated to move through the body more rapidly during exercise and thus able to kill bacteria and viruses. Another excellent reason why you should workout!
Build Gut Health
Did you know gut health is tied to your immune system? A healthy gut protects the body from impurities seeping into the body through the walls of the digestive track. Building immunity can be done by maintaining a healthy balance of good bacteria. Including cultured or fermented foods in your diet like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, miso and sauerkraut and taking a daily probiotic can aid in keeping things in check.
Eat Whole Foods
When I say eat whole foods, I don’t mean buying the latest healthy food craze. Instead focus your meals and snacks around fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats and limit your intake of sugar and processed foods. Eating right, will build your immune system naturally stronger. If you’re lacking recipe inspiration, I have a few to spare too!
Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu
During cold and flue season, implement these simple steps each week to stay healthy during cold and flu season & keep your home happy, healthy & germ free!
Wash Hands Frequently
It seems obvious to wash your hands to prevent spreading germs, but it’s often the most overlooked thing. How often have you come home from somewhere and not washed your hands prior to touching everything in your house?
Use Antibacterial Wipes
Cough and cold germs spread quickest by touching your face with your hands. That’s why you should keep your hands clean and germ free. When you’re on the go or can’t wash your hands, the solution is using antibacterial hand wipes like Wet Ones. Not only do they smell great and clean better than hand sanitizers but they also kill 99.99% of bacteria.
Disinfect Your House
Dedicate a few hours each week to cleaning and disinfecting your house. If you think about it, doors, switches and keyboards are some of the most touched things in your house so it’s guaranteed germs are there. Antibacterial wipes like Wet Ones are must haves to prevent the spread of germs.
Sanitize door handles, light switches, faucets, appliances, computer keyboards with Wet Ones at the beginning of the season and each week thereafter to keep your house germ free. Also, it’s a good idea to wash linens and sheets, vacuum, dust and replace air filters.
Protect Personal Spaces
Cars and office spaces are prime locations for bacteria and viruses. Every week, sanitize your car and office space with antibacterial wipes to kill any lingering germs. Store a Wet Ones canister or singles in your car and in your desk for quick wipe downs. Having these handy in personal spaces are great for spills and quick cleanups too!
#3 Disinfect Public Places
Think of all the places you visit on a regular basis. Grocery store, gym, restaurants, etc. Those public places are breading grounds for germs. Keep Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes in your purse or throw a few singles in your pocket to wipe down grocery carts or clean your hands after looking over a menu.
#4 Create A Gym Kit
Gyms are breading grounds for germs and even more so during cold and flu season. Create a quick gym kit with cold and flu and first aid essentials that you can easily take with you to the gym or store in your gym bag. I store mine in a zipper bag and toss into my gym bag, but a reusable plastic bag would work too.
I keep a stash of Wet Ones in mine which are great for cleaning equipment before and after using it. Antibacterial wipes are such an easy solution to keep germs away while you’re getting your sweat on. Better safe, than sorry!
So those are my simple steps to staying healthy during cold and flu season. You will find Wet Ones at Target in the household essentials. Bonus! Target Cartwheel is offering 15% Wet Ones Travel Packs or Wet Ones Big Ones now through 1/13/16 so if you’re like coupons like me, hurry and stock up on Wet Ones now. Here’s to staying germ free!
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How do you stay healthy during cold and flu season?
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