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10 Easy Ways to Prevent Colds & Flu

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These really are easy things to do, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t. If you’re one of them, don’t come crying to me when you get the sniffles.

I know germs are hard to avoid even in the best circumstances, especially if you . . . um . . . live on earth . . . with people. But hey, we can all give it our best effort. Sure we can. Spread the love and teach your darling little germ lockers to keep their germs from roaming too.

1. Wash your hands well and often – not OCD often, but you know what I mean. Enough to get rid of the germs. And try to avoid touching things in public places, like door handles. I am getting really good at not holding onto the banisters in public stairways and escalators. Not that you should try that. I’m just sayin’…

2. Don’t touch people who are sick. That means you can’t kiss them either. No butterfly kisses or Eskimo kisses either. Air kisses are fine, just don’t get too close and maybe hold your breath. Colds and viruses are passed most commonly through the hands, and through rubbing the eyes, nose and mouth. If you’ve been around people, especially sick ones, try not to touch yourself unless your hands are clean.

3. Clean your house. I know, it’s gross, but just do it. Or get someone else to do it. Be sure to tell them to clean surfaces like doorknobs, handles and stairway handrails. And tell them to not sneeze all over the place.

4. Stop eating crap. Eat your greens. Drink lots of water. A well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will boost your immune system and water helps you function better.

5. Exercise every… single (yes, that’s what I said)… day. You don’t have to go all crazy like you’re training for a marathon but just do something every day. Make it fun! Wooppee! Seriously, moderate daily exercise is a huge part of overall health, and will help your immune system fight illness.

6. Take vitamin supplements. Every morning I take a multivitamin with antioxidants, calcium, fiber tablets, Holy Basil (reduces stress & cortisol) and Glucosamine w/Chondroitin. I’m not sure how they work, but I’m convinced they keep my immune system strong. They say that taking Zinc and Vitamin C helps too.

7. Consider getting a flu shot. I got one once but only because I was standing where they were giving them for free. Regardless, it’s still our best weapon against the flu. Who needs a flu shot and who doesn’t?

8. Always get at least 8 hours of sleep. Whatever you’re doing instead of sleeping isn’t more important, I guarantee it. On the other hand, if you’re sleeping, like, 10 hours every night then you need to get a life. Staying rested and relaxed will lower your risk of getting sick. If you feel a cold coming on, stay home. If you have to go out, do us all a favor and cover your mouth when you sneeze and don’t touch anyone or anything… and don’t breathe either. On second thought, don’t go out.

9. Reduce your stress and I promise your immune system will improve. Here are 15 Stress Tips that Could Save your Life.

10. Even if you don’t get sick, chances are someone you live with will. Avoid the midnight run and stock up on a few Cold & Flu Essentials

We care about you. Thanks for your business. Now, go do some jumping jacks, drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit and wash your hands. Go on, git.

Valerie Paxton is a co-founder of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. In 1997 she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independent and healthy lives. They poured their knowledge and experience into AllegroMedical.com and now have more than 1 million customers nationwide. Valerie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and has spent most of her career in communications, marketing, PR, and investor relations. She enjoys giving advice, mentoring, volunteering, writing, reading, cooking, telling funny stories, healthy eating, her cocker spaniel Honey, her boyfriend Todd, hiking, kayaking, jokes and world travel. Follow Valerie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vpaxton