10 Ways to stay healthy this flu season…

~ Get your flu shot- The flu shot is a dead virus. You cannot get sick from it. It prevents flu, and reduces hospitalization, especially for people with lung issues, and diabetes. If you happen to get the flu, the severity of it is less. It also protects those around you, like elderly and small children.

~ Wash your hands- Really wash your hands. With soap and warm water. Scrub your hands front, back, in between fingers, and also your nails, for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to dry your hands, because germs like wetness. I know this sounds silly but I have worked in healthcare for 12 years, and have been really sick, and noticed that washing your hands makes a huge difference. If you have kids, think of a fun song you can sing. The “Happy Birthday” song is 20 seconds.

~ Exercise- Exercise get’s the blood flowing and the t-cells, and white blood cells circulating, so they can be there to fight of sickness and infection.
~ Eat Healthy- Proper nourishment helps promote cellular functions of the immune system. Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

~ Take Vitamin C and D3. There are studies that show that D3 prevents flu, helps the immune system, and it always helps with depression. Also get outside to get vitamin D absorption through the sun.
Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system. It helps the cells that fight off disease work better. It is also an antioxidant.

~ Get enough sleep- Your body repairs itself when you sleep. Including blood vessels and your heart. Hence you circulation so that you can fight off sickness. If you sleep as much as your body needs, you will not be as stressed out. Sleep keeps your immune system working properly.

~ Take a cold shower- Yes! Alternating between hot and cold water in the shower
improves circulation. Do this when you are healthy. Cold water makes your blood move to the organs to make your body warm, water causes the opposite effect and causes the blood to move to the skin. This improves circulation. Cold water makes your body produce more white blood cells and makes your immune system stronger.

~ Manage Stress- Enjoy a hobby and life in general. Talk to positive people. Do not take little things in life to serious, and find ways to cope and solutions to what is bothering you.
The stress hormone, cortisol suppresses your immune system.

~ Avoid Sick People- So that you don’t catch there germs in case you body might not be able to fight it off. Wear a mask at the doctors office or in the E.R. The hospital is a great place to catch sickness.

~Drink plenty of water- Water gives your cells a better change at circulating around your blood stream to fight off infection, and sickness. Water clears toxins and keeps all your systems working efficiently.

Disclosure: These are just tips I used for myself as merely a caregiver in the health care field. In no way can any of my advice replace a medical doctors advice.

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I work in assisted living with a lot of people and a lot of germs. I do care, I assist them with basically everything. Sometimes, I am not allowed to call in sick because the residents are dependent on me and I hate working sick and we are short staffed all the time. I also have an elementary age and middle school aged children that bring home sickness. Since the elderly population immune system is weaker, they are more at risk for sickness and disease.

There is a lot of viruses, influenza, and pneumonia going around every year. So how do I stay healthy? I don’t always stay healthy but I do most of the time. I’ve read up online on how to stay healthy so I have done my research. You can use these tips for the whole family.

Flu season is approaching us. Trust me you don’t want influenza. Influenza is more in the lungs and body aches more so than it is having a stomach bug. Stomach flu is gastroenteritis. Influenza is awful. First of all you all know this. Wash your hands. Really wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or as long as the happy birthday song. In health care, and in meetings they are always telling us to wash your hands. The first thing you learn in nurses aide training, wash your hands. It is the first skill I preformed for the state board test for CNA. I also carry hand sanitizer for my kids for when they come home from school. They say in microbiology that kills the good bacteria but I’m to OCD and germaphobe.

Next vitamins. I had a doctor tell me that you just flush out the vitamin’s and that vitamins are just a marketing scheme. I don’t believe here’s why. One day I wasn’t feeling good. I had a nasty virus. My manager told me that I had to come in. I didn’t get any sleep because I was sick and upset. I had to come in at 6 in the morning. I worked but it was miserable. I could barely do my job. I went home and took 3 tabs of airborne and felt better. I took one airborne everyday and stayed healthy for almost a year. Which was shocking because I got sick a lot beforehand, since I work in healthcare. Airborne has 1,000 mgs of vitamin c. Vitamin c helps the cells that regulate the immune system and it also has e which helps the immune system as well. I also take herbs like garlic, Andrographis and elderberry. If you have influenza, take elderberry syrup and oscillococcinum together. Also, oregano oil. Oregano oil can kill strep bacteria. Also, the same doctor that told me not to take vitamins, told me to take vitamin D3. You can also get out in the sun for some D. Fresh herbs with cooking also helps. Probiotics and prebiotics. Most of our immune system lives inside of our gut.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and flushes toxins. Also, drink plenty of water. Also fish oil is awesome for brain health. You can also use a netti pot, because you inhale germs and you can flush these germs out to prevent illness. If you run out of the solution that goes with it you can use salt. Also gargle with salt water. Kills bacteria in the throat.

OK, we all know this healthy diet and exercise. When I was sick in bed researching, I kept coming across this. Try to eat at least 5-10 fruits and veggies a day. Try to cut down on sugar because it represses the immune system. Aim for a goal of exercise 3-5 days a week for 30 minutes. You can walk, swim, run, whatever you like. I like one day of strength training, one cardio day, and one stretching yoga day.

Stress. Manage your stress. Stress wreaks havock on our bodies, and makes our immune system weaker. Don’t take life too serious. Have some “me” time, and do what makes you happy! Enjoy your hobbies, and spend time with people that build you up!

So there you have it. This is what I have found from my research and have tried. It’s worked for me. Germs are everywhere, especially for me because if I’m not around the elderly, I’m around little kids. I have asthma so I gotta stay healthy. You can use these tips for your children as well. I try to get my kids out in the fresh air for exercise and vitamin D at least 5 times a week. Being outside, and being exposed to some germs and bacteria is good. There is good in bad bacteria all around us, and even in our bodies. Being exposed to germs early on helps us build our immune systems.

Stay healthy this flu season!