Fall seems to be synonymous with the start of cold and flu season. Luckily, Skinny Health & Wellness is here to help. Adding Skinny Smoothie® meal replacement to your regular, healthy diet can provide you with a much needed boost of additional antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients to stay healthy. Prefer the equally nutritious Skinny Shake® protein powder? Exciting new studies show that increasing your protein intake may help prevent colds and influenza.[1,2]
But, we need your help to prevent the spread of the cold and flu. Team Skinny Health & Wellness has compiled this list of tried and true cold and flu prevention basics to try to help you prevent the onset of running, sniffling, sneezing noses, and sore, coughing throats.
“Wash Your Hands With Soap and Water!”
In 1847 the first study to support hand washing as a deterrent for sickness was first proven. Moms and Dads may give instructions to wash up followed with a reminder to use soap and not just run them under the water. Using soap and vigorously rubbing your hands together should help eliminate germs. In a public restroom using a paper towel to turn off the faucets and then using a clean one to dry your hands could be a good idea.
“Don’t Touch That! Stop Touching Your Face!”
Without even noticing, we touch things, then rub our eyes, cover our mouths, or rub our noses with our hands. That is a sure way to infect yourself with the cold virus. Avoid touching handrails, elevator buttons, phones, handles, (credit cards?), and anything else people often touch. Pay attention to your hands, and keep your fingers away from your nose and your eyes to avoid infecting yourself with tiny cold virus particles.
“You won’t feel a thing.”
Get a flu shot every year for yourself and for your loved ones. The Center for Disease Control states “the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu”.
“Go Outside and Play! You need exercise!”
Maybe your parents weren’t just trying to just get you out of the house. Exercise like walking for 45 minutes a day, every day, can reduce the risk of a cold by one-third. The best results are from walking long-term. In one study, women who walked for 12 months had the most resistance to colds in the final quarter of the year.
“Bedtime! You need your rest!”
Mom and Dad were right when they set a bedtime. Try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Feeling well rested reduces stress. Stress and its accompanying anxiety can weaken your immune system. Plus, being stressed and tired is a distraction no one needs.
“Eat Your Vegetables!”
We hear moms always want you to clean your plate before you leave the table. Maybe they are right. Eating your fruits and vegetables is a good way to get antioxidants which are proven to improve restful, recuperative sleep.