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Avoid the plague!

Tiffany Frohmader, B.S. Tiffany Frohmader, B.S. September 18, 2014 0 Comments General Health

9/18/2014

Hey Hey Hey everyone!

It became very apparent last weekend and a little into this week that fall is coming quickly, and if you’re not ready—too bad! I ran a 5k this previous weekend, and the temperature at the start of the race was 41 degrees! Holy moly! I had to pull the gloves AND running tights out!

With fall comes a lot of positives—pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING, football games, changing leaf colors, and, my personal favorite, caramel apples. In midst of all of the negatives, it seems that illness runs rampant through schools, corporations, and wherever else you decide to venture out to.

I started to feel the effects of a cold coming on this week and immediately went into “oh crap” mode—I took my Zicam, washed my hands obnoxiously, drank a bunch of orange juice, and doubled my fruit and vegetable intake. Thankfully, I got by pretty easily with my cold this week, but I know others are not as fortunate with the crud that is going around.

It’s always better to be proactive with cold/flu prevention than to deal with a nasty bug and try to fight through it with everything else that goes with life. Here are a few tips to avoid catching the “plague”:

  1. Wash your hands. Wash them often. Think about how many surfaces you touch in a day (door knobs, counters, pens, keyboards, etc) and how many germs are festering on everything you touch. I motivate myself to wash my hands with really good-smelling soap from Bath and Body Works, and carry over-the-top-smelling hand sanitizer everywhere I go.
  2. Take vitamins. I take a gummy multi-vitamin twice a day (no, I am not 5). Vitamins help to boost your immune system and help supplement any shortfalls you have with nutrients in your diet that your body needs to function daily. Vitamin C may be beneficial if you feel a cold coming on to pump up your immune system.
  3. Avoid contact. Avoid those individuals in your office, department, or workplace that have a cold and wash your hands if you are in close contact with them. Also, try to avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth, which can be a gateway for germs to enter your body and make you ill.
  4. Water. Drinking lots of water will help to flush all of the junk out of your body and keep you from getting dehydrated, which would be a double-whammy.
  5. Healthy diet. Many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide vital antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins that can help ward off illness and help you overcome them if you start to feel under the weather. Branch out and try to kick-up your fruit and veggie intake!
  6. Rest. Ok, I do feel like a hypocrite on this one, but rest, sleep, and taking time for yourself will help to keep your immune system functioning properly and keep you in tip-top shape.

Sometimes, no matter what you do, illness is unavoidable. However, make sure you take every step possible to prevent the misery and “annoyingness” that comes with being ill. You value your health when you are sick, right? Take care now so you can continue to feel better later.

Until next week!