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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Strategies To Avoid Flu

Get the vaccine, the most vital step for protection. It's the best way to beat the virus.

People who are not getting enough sleep are more likely to come down with a cold than those who get sleep of 8 hours or more. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep.

Work your body out. Obesity lowers the immune response and you're more likely to get complications of the flu if you're overweight. A regular dose of exercise - about 30 minutes 5 days a week, keeps up the immune system's dukes to fight viruses.

Wash your hands often particularly after using public restrooms or in the gym. Lather up for about 20 seconds and don't miss the back of your hands, the wrists, between your fingers and under your nails. If you're in a high-risk environment, frequently wash hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Bolster your immune system by adding stress-reducing activities to your life. Your body's defense cells don't work well when you've got all these stress hormones.
Try bubble bath at the end of a long day or a few moments of meditation.