This is a guest post from Agnes Jimenez…
Inevitably, the cold and flu season is here. Now more than ever it is important to stay as healthy as possible. Luckily, there are some very specific things you can do to keep sickness out of your home. While many of these tips are simple, they are also time-tested.
You may notice many people sanitizing their hands every place they go. While these do indeed kill germs, they are overkill. Many health experts also suggest that using them can create super viruses that are resistant to traditional means of treatment. Additionally, it can be very expensive keeping your whole family supplied with these wipes and travel bottles. Soap is your best bet when it comes to keeping your family germ free. Simple soap and hot water, along with thorough hand washing, is all you need to eliminate germs. Encourage your children to wash their hands regularly. Also try to keep hands away from the mouth, nose, and eyes.
Simple hygiene goes a long way. Avoid sharing lip balm, drinks, or anything else that may contain another person’s body fluids. Another culprit for sickness is sheets and linens. Change them regularly, especially if a member of the family seems to be coming down with something. If you have young children who cannot help but put everything they encounter into their mouths, take extra care to keep things clean and out of reach. Wash their toys often, especially if they have been playing together with other children.
It is also important to treat your body from the inside out. Eating a healthy diet can give your body the tools it needs to fight off infections. Try cooking as many meals as possible from home. Processed foods break down and destroy the nutrients that are contained in the original form of the food. Look for recipes online from sites like dailybread.com or consult a regular cookbook for ideas. Cooking this way may take more time and effort, but it is healthier than the alternative. To save money on fresh fruits and veggies, check out your local farmers market.
Keep your family healthy and germ free. Take the time to wash hands and other items you come in contact with. Discourage the sharing of drinks and other personal items. Most importantly, keep your body healthy on the inside by eating fresh foods. Homemade is best, especially with fresh and natural ingredients. The extra work involved is worth missing out on the cold that everyone else has come down with!