Seven Ways to Avoid Disease This Winter

Your Mother was right, wash your hands!
Hand washing is the first line of defense when trying to prevent disease. Your hands carry a plethora of germs from you touching objects that other people have come in contact with. Then, by wiping your eyes, nose, or mouth, the germs spread into your body. Regular hand washing, particularly before and after activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevents the spread of germs to others.

The over-usage of Purell is not good.
Purell is a good way to keep your hands clean until you find a bathroom to wash your hands. Just using Purell though is not as effective as most people may think. Purell kills all of the bacteria on the skin, and it is not healthy to kill all of the bacteria on the skin. Some bacteria help fight the bad bacteria, viruses, and fungus that can make people sick, but not all bacteria are bad. By eliminating the good bacteria, it lowers protection and immunity to bad bacteria. It also removes all of the natural oil from the hands, making them sensitive to “cracking” of the skin. Lastly, it can be poisonous if you ingest it. Do not put your hands or fingers in your mouth after using it.

A healthy diet for a healthy person.
Your diet should focus on vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that help fight disease-causing bacteria. Your focus should be on fruits and vegetables that offer natural medicinal properties. Nothing beats a real fruit like grapefruit, melon, or an orange that have a lot of Vitamin B6 and Zinc, which are very good at boosting the immune system and fighting off infection. Some things you obviously need to avoid are processed foods that offer nothing but fats and carbs. Chicken soup is a great source of anti-inflammatory that can speed up the movement of mucus through your body. This limits the amount of viruses that come in contact with your nasal and throat tissue.

Herbal supplements are another good resource.
Some great herbal supplements that boost immune systems are echinacea, ginseng, honey, and garlic. They are known to prevent and limit the severity of the common cold. There are many ways to take these herbs including by pill, or by putting them in your foods. A very common and appetizing way is to put some honey or ginseng into tea.

Drink lots of fluids.
Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. You should be avoiding alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas. They can cause dehydration and make your disease worse.

Make sure you get enough rest.
Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. In order to fight against harmful bacteria and disease, physicians recommend getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Constant sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds against disease. For example, if you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble fighting ordinary infections, even as simple as the common cold.

Stay active.
An active lifestyle encourages individuals from getting off the couch and into the gym. Exercise and physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and cells. This helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. Also, sweating is a great way to rid your body of infectious bacteria in your pours and glands that cause disease. Exercise also in turn promotes better sleep. Sleep, as stated before, greatly benefits your immune system.

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