With the cold and the flu season in full swing, many find themselves wincing at the first snowing or tingling of the throat. It’s time to fight off disease.
Some proven healthy tricks that can reduce the likelihood of getting a cumbersome virus.
1. Wash your Hands Always
The hands hold a ton of bacteria, so medical professionals say it is important to rub them with soap and water as often as possible.
Tap water helps eliminate bacteria that have loosened with soap. Always be sure to dry your hands with a clean towel afterward, one that is old and that contains bacteria.
2. Make sure you are getting enough sleep between celebrations
Between traveling to and from your relatives’ homes, being the host of your own evenings and fighting the crowds at shopping centers to get the best gift products, you will need a lot of energy during the holiday season.
The dream is imperative for that reason; Also, getting the recommended six or eight hours will help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
It’s vital to slow down and get enough sleep as the holidays draw closer.
Lack of sleep has a contrary effect on your immune system and puts you at higher risk of developing viral and bacterial infections.
3. Take your supplements
Vitamins play an important role in maintaining good health.
Vitamin C is important to take in the form of a supplement because we do not get enough of it in our food and it is known for its ability to improve the immune system.
Vitamin C, however, has only shown that it decreases the severity and duration of a cold rather than preventing them altogether. You will need a higher than average dose ake 2 tablets a day ( 1000 mg) of above mentioned Vitamin C supplement.
Taking a probiotic pill every day can also reduce cold in two days, and symptoms become 34% less severe, according to a 2011 study from Rutgers University.
4. Don’t be so touchy
I did not exaggerate when I said that the germs are almost too close to make them feel comfortable during the holiday season.
You and your relatives, friends, virtually anyone around the dinner table, are microscopic bacteria to the left and right on plates, trays and cider bottles, not to mention the by handles that are open and close, and the trays of the refreshment table.
It happened around.
So, how to combat the full potential of the dirt and germs that you are touching throughout the season?
It’s important to consider what your hands are touching, as well as what your palms are grasping, and to know when to excuse yourself to the bathroom for a quick hand wash.
Make sure you wash your hands well after you touch these things.
If you do not have access to sink and soap, use hand sanitizer and spread it around both hands until you get used to disinfectant wipes to help clean up your surroundings.
5. Say no to wine and other alcohols.
Work parties, dinners, and other social gatherings are always scheduled more frequently during the holidays.
Socializing with friends and family is excellent and can give you a boost of oxytocin with all the love and thoughts, but if that socialization also includes a little more wine or alcohol, now you have damaged your immune system.
As little as an alcoholic beverage can significantly affect your immune system for up to 24 hours.
And that 24-hour period, you guessed it, right after hugging and kissing, and you were probably exposed to strange viruses and bacteria.
Your immune system is a complex and highly interconnected system throughout the body.
But the cornerstone of your immune system is gut because between 70 and 80% of your immune system is made up of cells and tissue from the digestive tract.
So what exactly happens when you consume alcohol?
It immediately affects the structure and integrity of the intestine. The microbes are in your gut, the communication between your microbiome and immune cells affects the intestinal barrier function.
6. Become a diligent disinfectant.
People may be responsible for being a “germaphobe”, but doctors say disinfecting surfaces at home and at work is an indispensable defense against infections.
Be sure to keep all surfaces clean, including countertops, sinks, light switches, remote controls, by knobs and drawer pulls, use a disinfection solution for the best results.
7. Try to stay active
One of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and fight against unwanted infections is exercise.
The benefits are well known and well documented: it improves your health and well-being in general and strengthens your immune system, which makes it less susceptible to diseases.
And if you get sick, your body is better able to fight infection and more quickly get back on your feet.
It is not infallible, of course, because people in good shape still get sick, but in general, the more fit you are, the better your body will be to avoid that annoying bug or disease.
I always try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and that doesn’t change because I’m traveling.
If you are not active or in shape before you start traveling, use it as an excuse to start!
Take a walk through the jungle, go hiking in the countryside or climb a mountain, swim in the sea, go for a run, which tickles you, as long as you run out of breath.
8. Go with bottled water
If you are not sure of the purity of the local water or if you are spending your holidays in areas where sanitation is not so good, you should say that you should avoid local tap water.
Even if locals drink it without any problem, your stomach may not have the right bacteria to keep you from getting sick, avoid local water, even ice in your drinks, in countries that do not purify tap water.
I recommend that at least always drink bottled water and check that the seal is intact on top of the bottle (a common scam is to sell bottles filled with tap water).
It is a good idea to use bottled water to brush your teeth too.
But personally, I prefer to use a bottle of water with a built-in filter, as this reduces the need to buy water bottles constantly, saving both money and the environment.