surviving flu seasonWinter is known as flu season, which makes it hard to keep yourself and your family healthy. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to help your family survive flu season. Everything from home you treat your body to how clean your home is can help you keep healthy in the winter.

Avoid Picking Up Germs

Unfortunately, germs are everywhere in the winter. People sometimes have to go out when they are sick, or they might be contagious and not even know it. You pick up these every time you touch a public door, table or another surface, and they enter your body when you touch your face. That’s why it’s important to be particularly careful about touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands in a while. The best way to protect yourself from these germs that are everywhere is to wash your hands regularly. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. If no soap or hot water are available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will help, but wash your hands when you can. Don’t skip washing your hands before eating or preparing food. 

Keep Your Body Healthy

A healthy body will have a better immune system that will work to keep you healthy even when you are exposed to germs. There are many things that you can do to help boost your immune system.  Eat a healthy diet.  Make sure to feed your family a balanced, nutrient-rich diet to keep them healthy throughout the year. Also watch how much water you drink and make an effort to stay hydrated. Not only does water help maintain and strengthen your immune system, but it also helps your body to flush toxins out of your system and keeps you hydrated. Strive to maintain a good sleep schedule and give your body plenty of rest.

Keep Your Home Clean

Germs are carried into your home on your hands, clothes, shoes, and even just in the air. They don’t have to stay in your home though. Staying on top of your home cleaning can help make your home a healthy place and keep your family from getting sick. Wipe down all of the places in your home that you touch the most, such as doorknobs and light switches. Wash your clothes and linens frequently, and use detergent and a hot dry cycle, if you can, to kill germs. Pay attention to the large surfaces in your home, such as the carpets and your furniture, as they are a magnet for germs. Getting your carpets and upholstery profesisonally cleaned is a great way to reduce the amount of germs and bacteria in your home. 

There are some simple steps that you can take to help keep your family safer and healthier this flu season. There are no guarantees in life, and you still might get sick, but these actions will reduce the chances.