An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — and that’s never been more true when you consider steps you can take to prevent the spread of illness versus the cost of not being able to go to work or school if you’re sick.
Here is what you should know this season, including information on how to protect yourself and your family :
- Probiotics – Roughly 60% to 70% of your entire immune system is located in your gut. Your gut contains a healthy mix of bacteria which prevent pathogens and infections from being absorbed. So promote healthy bacteria by way of kombucha or kimchi (instead of sugary yogurts).
- Stop Biting Your Nails – Think about everything you touch in the course of the day. Biting your nails means exposing your mouth, nose and eyes to a variety of bacteria and germs that could be harmful to you. So wash your hands with soap often and avoid the nibbling.
- Exercise Moderately – Moderate exercise, in the long run, strengthens your immune system. However, intense workouts leave your body in a weakened state that also weakens your immune system. After intense workouts, your body is more susceptible to getting sick for a 72 hour window.
- Hold Your Breaths – Studies show that the droplets from sneezes and coughs carrying germs travel much farther than previously thought. Holding your breath for even 10-15 seconds after a sneeze or cough can reduce you chances of getting sick.
- Get Fresh Air – Sometimes, sharing warm air inside an office or home can lead to getting sick. The air that’s circulating in a closed space carries germs and bacteria that can infect you. So take a few minutes occasionally to get some fresh air, when if it’s a little chilly outside.