“Get the flu vaccine!” That’s the number one piece of advice we keep hearing over and over again, available at your doctor or local pharmacy. But if we opt out of the vaccine, what are other ways to keep our bodies safe from viruses? According to the CDC, in just one week in early January alone there was a nationwide increase of 26.2% in positive flu cases.
Whether we decide on the vaccine or not, common cold germs are always around so we should all be protecting ourselves and our families in order to lower the chances of contracting the cold. Following these simple tips will help keep those germs away and help many stay healthy all winter long.
Don’t touch eyes, nose and mouth. It’s inevitable; we are going to come into contact with germs! But we can protect ourselves from illness if we avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth. Germs enter the body through these membranes, so avoiding contact is beneficial for staying healthy.
Continue to wash your hands often. One of the best and most important ways to stay healthy and avoid the cold and flu in 2014 is to wash your hands regularly. It is recommended to wash for a full 20 seconds to wash all those germs away. Rule of thumb: sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice and you’re good to go!
Don’t spread germs. Keeping germs to yourself is crucial in keeping you, and everyone you come in contact with, healthy. Aside from washing your hands, when you have to cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow to avoid the spread of your germs.
Eat healthy. Having a balanced and nutritious diet helps strengthen your immune system and helps keep you from getting sick in the first place. Look for your favorite fruits and veggies at the grocery store and avoid foods that make you feel run down and tired.
Even when following these tips and living a healthy lifestyle, the occasional germs will slip through the cracks resulting in cold symptoms. There is nothing worse than having a cough or sore throat while trying to stick to a hectic work schedule and worry about passing it along to others. Take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges which are Clinically Proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half! Also consider new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy, formulated with zinc gluconate, rose hips and Echinacea, to shorten the duration of the common cold while providing natural immune support and restoring your energy naturally.