It’s the height of flu season. Folks are dropping like flies all around you and it’s starting to feel like there’s no escaping the ugly bug this year. But don’t give up, or give in.
You CAN avoid the flu this season, and do it without drugs, by following our 7 Steps to Fight the Flu!
Step 1. Stop touching your face:
People touch their faces an average 3.6 times per hour, and they touch common items (such as doorknobs, salt shakers and telephones) 3.3 times per hour. In other words, you’re picking up germs all over the place and transferring them directly to your face. And, of course, if some of those germs are flu bugs they now have a direct route inside through your eyes, nose and mouth.
Step 2. Stick with paper towels:
Air dryers in bathrooms seem like a good idea since you never have to touch them with your hands. But the truth is air dryers are germ breeding grounds. In fact, some studies show they can potentially spread a mind blowing 1300 times more germs than paper towels! Choose paper towels instead. And while you’re at it use one to turn the water faucet off too. It’s one of the filthiest places in the whole bathroom.
Step 3. Carry your own pen:
Stop and think about how many people have touched that pen at the bank or checkout counter. Every time you touch a public pen you’re sharing all those folk’s germs. It’s enough to make you shudder. The solution is simple, carry your own pen with you instead.
Step 4. Sanitize:
Most of the time soap and warm water are all that it takes to fight off ugly bugs and germs. But if someone in your home or office has come down with the flu, temporarily using a natural hand sanitizer is a good idea. We suggest pure lavender or tea tree essential oils, which are naturally antibacterial. A few drops of the oil mixed with your favorite carrier oil and swiped over your palms makes a great barrier against bugs. Or mix ten or so drops with a half a tablespoon of witch hazel and around four ounces of aloe vera gel to make a hand sanitizer to take with you on the go.
Step 5. Exercise regularly:
We get it, it’s cold and your couch is calling your name. But stay strong and get some exercise first. Research has shown fitting in 30 minutes of exercise at least three days a week is an effective immune system booster. Just be sure you don’t overdo it which can backfire on you, weakening your immune system instead.
Step 6. Take probiotics:
The stack of research on the link between gut health and our overall good health is growing every day. Experts say when you have a healthy gut populated by plenty of beneficial bacteria you’re far more likely to be healthy and stay that way. And keeping you healthy isn’t all probiotics can do. In a study on college students the probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium were found to help significantly shorten illnesses in folks who were unable to dodge the flu bug.
Step 7. Get plenty of sleep:
This step should be the simplest one, after all we already need to sleep every night. But it’s often the hardest step for many of us to do. Giving your body the time it needs to detox, heal and rebuild by getting plenty of good quality shut eye is one of the most important things you can do to beat flu season. In fact, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, people who get seven or more hours of sleep per night are far less likely to get sick. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bed and stop burning the candle at both ends.
Don’t fall victim to flu season. Following these seven simple steps can help you avoid the flu this year, no drugs required.