Get the flu vaccine! That’s the number one piece of advice we keep hearing over and over again which is available at your doctor or local pharmacy. But if we opt out of the vaccine, what are other ways to keep our bodies safe from illness? Whether we decide on the vaccine or not, common cold germs are always around and the last thing we want is to be running around with our kids or heading to work sneezing and stuffy.
So I’m happy to share Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy’s “Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter.” These simple, yet effective, tips that will keep your immune system in tip-top shape this year – even during the height of cold and flu season!
- Don’t touch eyes, nose and mouth. It’s inevitable; we are going to come into contact with germs! But we can protect ourselves from illness if we stay away from touching our eyes, nose and mouth. Germs enter the body through these membranes, so avoiding contact is beneficial for staying healthy.
- Continue to wash your hands. One of the most important and best ways to stay healthy and avoid the flu in 2014 is to wash your hands regularly. It is recommended to wash for a full 20 seconds to keep those germs at bay. Rule of thumb: sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice and you’re good to go!
- Don’t spread germs. Keeping germs to yourself is crucial in keeping you and everyone you come in contact with healthy. Aside from washing your hands, when you have the sniffles and have to sneeze, sneeze into your elbow to avoid the spread of your sick germs.
- Eat healthy. Having a balanced and nutritious diet helps strengthen your immune system and avoid getting sick in the first place. Look for your favorite fruits and veggies at the grocery store and avoid foods that make you feel run down and tired.
- Increase zinc intake. Zinc has been clinically proven to reduce the duration of the common cold by nearly half. Products like Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu Quickmelts contain zinc gluconate as well as elderberry, peppermint and licorice to help shorten your cold AND help relieve symptoms.