Live Well Corner: Tis the Season to Learn 5 Ways to be Healthy

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

Tis the Season to Learn 5 Ways to be Healthy

By Paula Thomas

Let’s start off right by first saying every season should be a healthy season. You can choose to be concise about your health on a daily basis. Most people don’t realize how they collect germs through normal daily activities.

Think about this. Take a moment to think about the last several hours. Close your eyes and imagine everything you have touched. How clean was that door handle at the store? When was it cleaned last? What have the other hundreds of people touched prior to you touching that same handle. I know what you are thinking. Yes, just the thought of you touching a door handle that has been touched by people who have wiped their nose with their hand or scratched their arm pit or worse can make you nauseous and worried you’ll catch germs!

Ok, so you get the point. Let’s move on to this list of 5 ways to stay healthy.

Consider getting a flu shot.

The risk of getting the flu can be decreased by 50-60 percent by getting an influenza vaccination. The flu virus is affecting many people right now, so make sure you get your flu shot this year. The government recommends flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Take your own pens with you.

Germs are easily passed through skin-to-skin contact, so watch out what you are touching when out in public. Avoid touching things such as the pen at the counter at the bank. Keep your own pen handy so you don’t have to use a public one. Check out these 10 hot spots for germs.

Don’t be shy with the hand sanitizer.

Researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston studied 292 families for 5 months and they discovered that those who carried hand sanitizer with them had 59% fewer cases of stomach bugs than nonusers. When used correctly by rubbing enough hand sanitizer on your hands for 10-15 seconds, you can effectively disinfect yourself from germs.

Make sure you move around each day.

According to research completed by the University of South Carolina, men who completed three hours a day of moderate activity, such as walking briskly, playing tennis or golf, or climbing stairs were 35% less likely to catch a cold, compared with those who did only 1 hour. UCLA researchers have found that slower movement such as tai chi, the Chinese art of slow movements, meditation, and breathing, can effectively decrease the release of catecholamine. This neurotransmitter dampens the immune system. One case study showed that with 3 sessions a week for 4 months, augmented immune cell function was increased by 45% in adults with shingles.

Pay attention to flu and virus alerts.

Avoid crowds at all costs if you hear that a viral outbreak has hit your local area. Stay away from crowded public places. You can continually check the CDC's flu map, which is updated weekly to find more information on infected areas.

Just like the last point says, stay alert wherever you go. Look out for signs of other people coughing and sneezing. Always be prepared and have tissues, hand sanitizer, and cough drops with you. Stay away from friends and co-workers who are sick, so you can eliminate your risk of getting sick too. Once you are sick you bring the germs into your home and can get everyone else sick. Share these tips with your friends and family so everyone can stay healthy.

What are you doing to stay healthy during this flu season?

Meet the Author

Paula enjoys watching her grandchildren during the week. She loves the freedom she has to stay home and do that. To supplement her income, she became a Shaklee Consultant. She has always loved using these products. They are consistent and have superior, botanically based products. The excellent skin care products give her skin a softness and glow each and every day.

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