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There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention should be your goal. A proactive approach to warding off colds and flu can make your health and your family’s health better this winter.

...cold and flu prevention should be your goal.
...always wash your hands.

Most viruses and germs are spread via the hands. The most important method to prevent the spread of colds, flu and germs is to always wash your hands. No other means can prevent the spread of diseases more effectively than washing your hands vigorously with soap and warm water. When water and soap are not available, the use of alcohol-based sanitizers can be equally effective.

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If you have to cough or sneeze, try not to do so into your hands. Muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands results in passing along your germs to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue and throw it away immediately.

...vegetables and fruits can help supercharge your immune system...

Taking a multivitamin or more importantly eating healthier can help boost the immune system and ward off illnesses. The consumption of dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits can help supercharge your immune system and also give you more energy.

Regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, can also help keep your immune system in shape as well as keeping your body in shape. Aerobic exercises help increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells.

A regular dose of fresh air is important, especially in cold weather...

Attempt to get outside regularly. Many consider the cold air as the culprit in causing colds, when in fact it’s close proximity to other people that facilitates the spread of colds and flu. A regular dose of fresh air is important, especially in cold weather when central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses.

Another helpful way to prevent illness is to increase your water intake. Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

...relaxation is the key...

Lastly, rest and relaxation is the key in making sure your body is recharged and able to mount a defense in fighting disease.

Although there is no absolute way to prevent you from becoming ill this fall and winter, following these simple steps can decrease your odds of catching or spreading illness.

Stay safe and healthy this holiday season.


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