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Get Savvy With 4 Quick Immunity-boosting Habits for Flu Season

Whether it’s you, your roommate, or someone in your family who’s been haunted by the flu, don’t let it keep you down. Get extra savvy with these 4 tips to stay ahead of flu season or bounce back quick:

Utilize Time-Tested Immune Boosters

You’ve heard it before and I’m telling you again, plenty of sleep is a magical way to avoid or recover from the flu. Besides maximizing your productive potential, getting a full night’s rest is optimal for your general health. Sleep can help curb inflammation that is linked to conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It also supports memory function, lowers stress, and improves immune responses in the body.

Other healthy living methods to practice for avoiding cold and flus include frequently washing your hands, staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet and trying immune boosting remedies such as drinking ginger, green, or tulsi tea and getting your share of Vitamin C and D in leafy vegetables and fruits.

Stock Up With These Essentials

Be ready before cold and flu season starts by stocking your pantry with key essentials. The last thing I want to do when I am sick is go to the store and buy basic necessities or food. Fill up your pantry in advance with essentials and ingredients that can easily be whipped together allows you to focus more on getting better and less on getting supplies.

Useful supplies to have in stock include: tissues, hand soap, hand sanitizer, new toothbrushes, humidifier, paper towels, and activities that double up as a great mind-boosting exercise while confined to your room like coloring books and puzzles.

Some useful items to store for creating comfort meals include:

  • Oats for a good source of fiber that reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol and contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, vitamin B, and magnesium.
  • Immune boosting garlic and spices such as cayenne, turmeric, and ginger that also add a rich aroma and flavor to dishes
  • Make and freeze comfort foods such as chicken noodle soup or have quick-prep frozen meals ready

Heal Faster When Considering Surfaces

Cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces, especially hard, non-porous surfaces like metal, wood, and plastic. This makes it important to use disinfectant sprays or wipes to clean surfaces that you have been in contact with to prevent symptoms from re-surfacing as you heal. Having paper goods and towels as part of your supplies can also reduce spread of germs especially when drying hands with shared hand towels.

Line Up Your Backup Support Plan

You may need extra support through the flu and holiday season. Whether your nanny calls in sick, you yourself are unwell, or your child needs to stay home, knowing what your backup support plan will be can save you time, especially from worrying. Some ideas to consider this flus season include:

  • Coordinate at work or with friends and family to see who may have the flexibility to work from home or take time off for the day. Even if no-one is available, you won’t know until you ask!
  • Locate and identify in advance local child care centers that will accept children at short-notice so you can do a quick call through the list.
  • Consider on-demand babysitter options like urbansitter.com or care.com’s back-up care services for someone available to help.
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