Be a Flu Fighter
Protect Yourself this Winter
You don’t have to hide in the basement to avoid the flu this winter. Just practice these seven good habits and the odds will be in your favor.
(1) Wash your hands routinely, especially before eating. It’s especially important if you’ve been at the grocery store or other places with large crowds such as the mall. Keep hand wipes “handy” in case you or the kids want a snack.
(2) Get plenty of quality sleep.
(3) Maintain a well-balanced diet. If you’ve strayed one day, get back on track the next day.
(4) Drink plenty of water. Water is key in keeping mucous membranes (your nose) hydrated and functioning as a barrier. As soon as mucous membranes get too dry, they lose effectiveness as a line of defense against flu and other viruses.
(5) Don't stress (easier said than done). Stop multitasking for 20 minutes a day. Make a point each day to meditate, pray, read a book, or listen to music — whatever works for you.
(6) Exercise. First timers, you don’t need to be too vigorous. Take a walk, stretch, lift light weights ... just enough to increase circulation. Also, if you already exercise regularly, don't change your current routine. If you are used to something more intense, by all means keep it up.
(7) Get a chiropractic adjustment. It has been proven to improve overall health, immunity and mechanical functioning of your body. Chiropractic physicians are also experts in sleep habits, healthy eating, and exercise programs. We can help you design a care plan to fit your needs and goals.