5 Tips for a Healthy Cold and Flu Season

Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again.  Everyone around you is getting colds, some have already had a flu, and you want to do everything you can to avoid being ill.  While some viruses will be unavoidable and you probably will have at least one cold before the season is out, following these simple steps may help keep you healthier this winter:

  1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands! Cliché but true, washing your hands is the single best way to stop the spread of germs.  Scrub your hands with soap under hot running water for at least 10 seconds (about the time it takes to sing Yankee Doodle Dandy) and take advantage of any hand sanitizer available in public places, preferably after you’ve touched the door knob and before you touch your face, mouth or nose.
  2. Get moderate exercise. Moderate exercise (not too little – like walking from the fridge to the couch, or too much – like training for an ultra marathon) has been shown to result in a healthier immune system.
  3. Get enough sleep. Modern humans are famous for getting too little sleep.  If you tend to burn the candle at both ends, try to take extra good care of yourself while everyone else is getting sick and if you suffer from insomnia, now is a good time to get treatment or try a new remedy if what you’re using isn’t working.  Sleep is when your body does its best healing and repair, which includes hunting down viral particles, so it is crucial to good health.
  4. Disinfect surfaces in your home and office. Disinfect phones, door knobs, computer keyboards and any other place touched by multiple people during the day.
  5. See your acupuncturist for a “tune-up” and a bottle of his or her favorite cold remedy. As the seasons shift, our bodies may need a little help adjusting to changes in light and temperature.  Having an acupuncture treatment early in the season can tap into your body’s self-regulating mechanism and help it transition from fall to winter.  It’s a good time to stock up on natural cold remedies too, so they are in your medicine cabinet just when you need them.

Wishing you a healthy, joyous and prosperous 2011!  Click here to make an appointment online or call us at 924-6624.

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