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Tips to Prevent the Cold and Flu

It’s peak cold and flu season, and waking up with a runny nose or a fever is the last thing you want to happen when it’s already cold and miserable outside. Fortunately, there are several actions you can take to prevent the cold and flu:• Diet and exercise: Eating right and staying active can help prevent many diseases and ailments, including the cold and flu. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and try to fit in 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.• Sleep: Getting plenty of rest, even when you aren’t sick, keeps your immune system healthy. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night.• Wash your hands and avoid touching your face: We all know hand washing (make sure to use warm water!) is crucial to staying healthy during flu season, but try not to touch your eyes or nose – this could infect you with cold virus particles.• Clean your home: Use disinfectant and make sure to clean doorknobs, TV remotes, and cell phones.• Get your flu shot: The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get a flu shot. A recent CDC study has shown that the flu vaccine reduces the risk of doctor visits for the flu by approximately 60% among the overall population.There is no cure for the cold or flu, but if you do get sick make sure to rest and drink plenty of fluids. The worst symptoms should be over in 4-5 days, but it may take up to 10 days to completely recover. The contents of this blog are for informational purposes only. This page is not intended to provide professional medical advice, diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services. Before beginning any diet or exercise program, always consult your primary care physician.

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