Avoiding Germs and Staying Healthy All Year

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There are some simple, basic, everyday things you can do to keep healthy and avoid being sick.  Some times being sick is unavoidable, but these tips are for all those other times:

Step One: When we talk about flu, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound (or two) of cure!  If you meet the requirements consider getting a flu shot.  You can find flu shot information, locations and eligibility at the government’s website www.flu.gov.

Step Two: Wash your hands!  I repeat.  Wash your hands!  This is probably the simplest and easiest way to prevent illness.  Also avoid eating, touch your mouth, eyes, nose or face before washing your hands.

Step Three: Invest in some hand sanitizer.  Keep some in your car, at work, in your purse or in your pocket.  If you can’t wash your hands, this is the next best thing.  Both gels and wipes are available and are equally as effective.

Step Four: Give your immune system a boost by taking a multi vitamin on a daily basis.  Taking an additional vitamin C as well to help strengthen you body’s defenses.

Step Five: Some people swear by other herbal supplements like garlic (which is also great for your cardiovascular system and reducing cholesterol) and also Echinacea.

Step Six: When traveling or after exposure to a person who was sneezing or coughing, try gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash.  If germs did enter your throat they need to proliferate to make you sick.  Kill them with mouthwash like Listerine.  It is also suggested that blowing your nose and swabbing the inside with a saline solution may help prevent germs from growing as well.

Here is a simple list of items to help keep you healthy:

*  Flu Shot (if eligible)
*  Soap and Water
*  Hand Sanitizer
*  Multi Vitamin
*  Vitamin C
*  Garlic Supplement
*  Antiseptic Mouth Wash
*  Saline Solution

Warnings: This article is not a subsitiute for medical advice from your doctor.  Ask your doctor before starting any new medications or supplements.


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