Steps to Prep for Cold & Flu Season
Now that winter is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for cold and flu season. Americans of all ages fight over 1 billion colds every year. In addition, the National Institute of Health estimates between 5 and 20% of Americans get the flu. While there’s no fool-proof way to avoid getting sick, there are a few things you can do to help increase your chances of staying healthy.
1. Boost your Immune System
It's vital to boost your immune system through proper diet and exercise. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can help keep you healthy. Reduce sugar and drink plenty of water. Additionally, incorporating immune-supporting supplements into your daily routine can be a big help.
Custom blends of vitamins, minerals, and herbs are available from Betr Remedies to help your immune system fight viruses. Our Immune Support supplement contains Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, and selenium, which may boost your natural immunity.
2. Proper Hand Washing
The World Bank credits hygiene as the most cost-effective tool to stop and slow the spread of disease, including colds and the flu. The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water to remove germs. Here are some tips for proper hand-washing:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (hot or cold)
- Lather your hands with soap and rub them together
- Scrub all surfaces for at least 20 seconds
- Rinse your hands thoroughly under clean, running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
3. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
Colds and other viruses can quickly spread from one person to the next by coming into contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth. By limiting your contact with these areas, you can help reduce your chances of getting sick.
4. Get Your Flu Vaccination
The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. The vaccine is available at most pharmacies and doctor’s offices and is offered free of cost. It’s essential to get vaccinated as early as possible in the season, as it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective.
5. Disinfect High Traffic Areas of Your HomeGerms are everywhere, but they tend to increase in high-traffic areas. Be sure to disinfect these everyday household items regularly to stop the spread of germs:
- Bathroom surfaces, including toilets, faucets, and shower doors
- Kitchen areas such as countertops and cutting boards
- Remotes, light switches, and doorknobs
- Toys, especially if multiple children share them
6. Stock Your Medicine Cabinet
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Cold & Flu Daytime Relief - this daytime formula contains decongestants and pain relief to help you feel better fast.
Staying healthy during cold and flu season doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these steps for a healthier winter!
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