Simple steps for avoiding cold and flu germs

Here are some simple things you can do every day to help prevent colds and flu:
1. Wash your hands – Most germs are spread by direct contact; germs can live up to several hours on surfaces. Wash your hands twice every time you wash them. When in public restrooms, use paper towels to touch faucets and to open the door when leaving the restroom. Sounds overly cautious, but recommended by the Center for Disease Control to protect against germs. If no sink is available, rub your hands together very hard for a minute or so, which helps break up cold germs. Or rub an alcohol-based hand sanitizer onto your hands. Scrub under your fingernails every night and change your hand towels frequently.
2. Don’t touch your face. Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. The average person touches or rubs his/her eyes, nose or face 20-50 times a day, according to Jordan Rubin, Ph.D., author of the book The Maker’s Diet. Also, don’t cover your face with your hands when you’re sneezing. Because germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands passes along germs to others. Use a tissue instead and throw away immediately. Keep several boxes of tissues in your work and home space to maximize the likelihood of use.
3. Drink ample fluids – Keeps you hydrated as it flushes out your system. Recommended amount of fluids for an adult is eight eight-ounce glasses daily.
4. Exercise Regularly – Aerobic exercise helps increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells by increasing blood and oxygen circulation.
5. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption – Both suppress the immune system in many ways. Smoking also dries out nasal passages and alcohol consumption dehydrates.
6. Eat a healthy diet with vegetables, fruits and yogurt – The natural chemicals contained in dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits gives vitamins contained in food a boost. Also, eating a daily cup of yogurt has been shown in studies to reduce susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. Researchers theorize the beneficial bacteria in yogurt stimulates the immune system.
7. Run your toothbrush through the microwave on high for 10 seconds or store it in hydrogen peroxide (rinse thoroughly before using), to kill germs. Once you’re finished brushing, your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. Replace your toothbrush at the beginning of every month and after you’ve had a cold.
8. Take a garlic supplement every day.
9. Sit in a sauna or breathe in warm air from your blow dryer for 20 minutes. Both have been proven to reduce susceptibility to cold and flu germs.
10. Reduce stress – Stress has been proven to increase your chances of getting sick. Don’t blame yourself when things go wrong and meditate daily.
Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/12-tips-prevent-cold-flu?page=2

http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/tips-for-preventing-colds-and-the-flu/article16061.html

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