- Don’t touch your face – Almost all acute disease like colds and flu are spread through direct contact. The easiest way for those germs to get into your system is by the orifices in your head (ears, nose, mouth, eyes). By touching someone or something carrying germs then touching your face, you are providing a direct link to disaster. Remember to wash your hands often, but more importantly, don’t touch your face to prevent spreading germs.
- Skip the sugar – Sugar can hurt your health in many ways, but did you know that 100 grams of sugar, about the amount in a can of coke, can knock out your immune system for up to 5 hours? Holidays are a time when many indulge in sweets. Choose them wisely and not very often.
- Use Essential Oils – Essential oils are a really easy and natural way to knock out colds and flu once they’ve started or when you start to feel run down. They are also helpful in treating flu symptoms without having to take medication. You can use them as a natural hand sanitizer on the go as well. Essential Oils are one stop shop of wellness.
- Sip tea – Drink hot black or green tea with lemon and local or raw honey. Drinking the tea and breathing in steam stimulates the hair follicles in the nose which can move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins any mucus, in your chest and raw honey is antibacterial.
- Carry alcohol wipes – A box of little, medical alcohol wipes are a cheap and easy way to keep your cell phone, steering wheel and office space clean. Feel free to share with anyone coming down with a cold too. The world will thank you.
- Breathe out – When walking past another person who is sneezing or coughing, gently and slowly breathe out until you are beyond then in the ‘safe zone’ which is about 6- to 10-feet away. This keeps you from inhaling the air they just contaminated.
- Carry your own pen – Using your own pen at the bank, the grocery store, and especially at the doctor’s office will keep you safe from germs. You can even use it at the ATM to touch the buttons.
- Cover any open wounds – It is common get sores when on immunosuppressants. Don’t expose them to airborne germs. Make sure any open wounds, no matter how small, are covered by clothing or a bandaid.
- Grab a green juice – Do you remember the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Fresh juice is filled with vitamin C and antioxidants to give a big boost to your immune system. This is one of my favorite recipes.
We should all be healthy for the holidays. Just remember to pace yourself, get plenty of rest, and enjoy. The best way to stay out of the hospital is to take care of your health with simple tweaks and you will sail right into the new year.