How to Combat the Flu

It’s flu season and many Americans are getting the flu a lot more often it feels like. Even though preventing the flu isn’t entirely impossible, there are many things you and I can do to decrease our chances of getting it. In this article, I’m going to show you easy steps you can implement to dodge the flu this season. Let’s get started!

1. Wash your hands
This step is pretty common sense but most people fail to do it. Shaking someone’s hand can transfer a great amount of germs onto yours, making you more susceptible for disease. When you wash your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and hot water. The longer you wash them, the more likely the germs are off your hands. Also, never touch your mouth or eyes after shaking someone’s hand as this will increase your chance of getting the flu as well. The eyes and the mouth are the most common places for germs to enter your system.

2. Get a flu shot
Some people don’t like getting flu shots because they have a chance at getting sick if they take one. However, it is in society’s best interest that you take one. If more Americans receive the flu shot, there will be less transfer of the disease. You are not only helping yourself in the long run but society as well.

3. Exercise regularly
The reason that exercise is so great for preventing the flu is because it builds up your immune system, your body’s defense mechanism. Exercising helps flush away bacteria and toxins out of our system through sweat and exhalation. Exercise has also been shown to boost your white blood cells, your body’s main protectors against disease.

4. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
Getting enough sleep allows your body to rebuild and fight off your nasty bug. On the contrary, not getting enough sleep weakens your immune system leaving you more susceptible to disease. In general, you should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you have the flu, bump it up to 10 hours.

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