6 Tips in Maintaining a Healthy Home during Cold and Flu Season
Fall is here! You can feel it in the air, see it in the skies, and smell it everywhere you go with scents of delicious fall treats and familiar burning leaves. Football games are all around us, just as the leaves start to surround each and every step we take.
It is my favorite time of the year, bar none. I love most everything about it from the hay rides to the chilly campfires. However, I did say ‘most’ everything, right? Unfortunately, this time of the year also brings on the cold and flu season, which plagues almost every family and home.
So, I thought I would take this time to discuss steps that I have taken to help diminish the agony, if not completely eliminate it. There are no guarantees, but if you follow the tips below, you increase your odds in fighting off more colds and flus this season, or at least weakening their miserable impact on your life.
1. A Healthy Diet
Eating healthy is a great way to fight off pending ailments, because excessive sugars and fat can weaken our immune system. Nobody is going to convince me to dine on celery and carrots sticks for dinner each night. So, don’t worry…I won’t try to convince you either.
However, eating well-balanced meals with proteins, combined with keeping carbs and fats low, will help boost our systems to fight off sickness. Whole grains, lean meats, and foods filled with nutrients offer protection, as well as help with excessive weight, which can drag our entire system down as well.
2. Get Rid of the Allergens
Allergens floating through the air, in our carpets, and especially in our bedding can increase our risk of getting sick…especially if you have allergies and asthma. Fall happens to be my worst season for allergies, so I notice it more at this time. But, they can affect you all year-round.
Using organic bedding and air purifiers in the bedrooms will help reduce the impact of allergens. However, replacing all these items for organic can be costly if you do it all at once. To lessen the pain in the pocket-book, look for air purifiers, organic sheets or discount mattress sets in clearance sections, or online.
3. Load up on Natural Vitamins
Vitamins and minerals always help to boost an immune system. However, I’m not a big fan of taking pills…even vitamins. So, I like to get them through natural sources. Certain foods and beverages provide an abundance of nutrients, such as the following:
- Vitamin A – Fish, liver, eggs, and carrots
- Vitamin B’s – Fish, meat, and cereals
- Vitamin C – Oranges, lemons, and blackcurrants
- Vitamin D – Oily fish, margarine, and eggs
- Calcium – milk, dairy products, and green leafy vegetables
- Iron – red meat, liver, spinach, and cereals
This is just a sample of the many foods that can help build your immune system. You can find more comprehensive lists here:
4. Good Night Johnboy
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital in maintaining our health, and fighting off bugs that manage to find their way in. I am not talking about going to bed early just when you are sick, but getting a healthy dose of solid sleep on a consistent basis even when you are not sick.
If sleep is difficult for you, take a look around to see what you can change. Do you have something to drawn out outside noise, such as an air purifier? This is something with a dual purpose, as it will also help rid your room of pollutants that can irritate your throat and lungs.
5. Take a Hike
Exercise also plays a role in keeping our immune system strong. Again, I am not going to be running any marathons any time soon, so I won’t suggest it to you either. However, one thing I have learned recently is that a 20 minute brisk walk does your body just as much good as a 20 minute run.
So, invest in a decent pair of walking shoes, and enjoy your ‘workout’.
6. Hang up the Vices
I couldn’t talk about staying healthy without at least mentioning the obvious…cigarettes and alcohol. An occasional drink is not going to hurt you. In fact, even some medical professionals will recommend a drink, as long as your current health allows for it.
The same can’t be said for smoking though. It’s never a good idea, even in moderation. Smoking can really have a negative impact on your immune system, as well as the many other warnings we have all heard about for years.
As I said above, there is no guarantee that you won’t get a cold or the flu this season. But, if you can take steps that will help diminish that risk, or weaken the bug that breaks through, why wouldn’t you?
About the Author
Melissa Cameron is a successful freelance writer and Internet marketer, who works from the comfort of her own home. You might also find her at the local coffee-house doing some research on her laptop, which is part of the job she loves. Her recent project was inspired when visiting http://www.best-mattress-reviews.com. When Melissa is not writing or researching, she enjoys a little time on the local beaches, as well as kayaking and hiking.