The rainy season is right around the corner! Besides preparing your umbrella and raincoat before leaving home, there are a few things to keep in mind. We hope the following tips will help you stay healthy during this wet season.
1. Get a flu vaccine
The National Kidney Foundation, as cited from its website, says flu vaccine is critical for preventing flu infections and reducing flu symptoms.
2. Get enough, good sleep at night
A study in 2009, as published on Health.com, claims that people who sleep less than seven hours a day are three times more prone to flu.
3. Wash your hands regularly, with water and soap
Keeping your hands clean is the first step to prevent the spread of germs and infections, according to National Kidney Foundation.
4. Drink a lot of liquids
Warm drinks, like orange juice or tea, can help to prevent dehydration and reduce sore throat.
5. Consume vegetables and fruits high in antioxidants
The University of California, Berkeley recommends broccoli, cauliflower and kale for stronger immune system.
6. Stay away from people who are sick
Keep a distance from people who are sick. If you have to shake hand with them, always wash your hands using warm water and soap afterwards.
7. Disinfect your home
Disinfect your house with detergent, especially the door handles and furniture surface.
8. Wash the sheet and pillow cases regularly
Change the sheets and pillow cases regularly, especially when someone at home has got flu, to prevent the spread of the virus.
9. Keep your workout routines
According to American Heart Association, daily workouts can prevent infections of germs and bacteria.
10. Get under the sun
Even when it is cloudy outside, spend some time under the morning sun to get that healthy vitamin D.
11. Consume foods rich in vitamin D
The Dairy Council of California recommends some foods and drinks rich in vitamin D, which are good for immunity.
12. Use hand sanitizer
Webmd website suggests bringing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which you can use when you cannot get water and soap for washing your hands.
13. Eat garlic
The Dairy Council of California recommends adding garlic to foods, because it is high in selenium and helps to strengthen the immune system.
14. Consume dairies
Cheese and yogurt contain linoleic acid and probiotics, which can help to protect the body from infections.
15. Avoid sharing kitchen utensils
Do not share plates, spoons, forks, and glasses with others, to prevent the transmission of viruses or bacteria from an infected person.
16. Cover your mouth when sneezing
Cover your mouth and nose with tissue paper, handkerchief, or part of your clothes when you sneeze or cough. This can reduce the spread of the viruses or bacteria.
17. Avoid stress
Carl Charnetski, MD, a psychology professor at Wilkes University has found that doing activities we enjoy can improve immunity.
18. Wear a warm outfit
When it is cold, wear warm outfit to keep the body warm and prevent shivering.
19. Take warm bath or shower
According to a study in 2009 as published on Health.com, warm bath or shower can help to combat the spread of virus as well as reducing sore throat that often comes with flu.
20. Put your mask on when you are in a public area
This is quite effective in reducing the viruses or bacteria than enter the body through the respiratory channel.
21. Avoid touching your face
Touching your eyes and face increases the risk of infection, because your hands may have been contaminated with bacteria or viruses.
22. Get a nice, relaxing massage
A great massage can reduce stress, so the body will be able to strengthen its immune system.
23. Stop smoking
Cigarette can deteriorate the immune system, thus making the body more prone to virus infection.
24. Gurgle with warm salt water
A study in 2005 as published on Health.com claims that people who gurgle with salt water three times a day are less likely to get infected with influenza.
25. Avoid unhealthy snacks
Avoid consuming snacks that may be unhygienic, because they may cause food poisoning or other digestive problems.
26. Avoid antibiotics
Flu is caused by viruses, so antibiotics are not the right remedy. Improper use of antibiotics will also make the bacteria resistant to them.
27. Take a day off, or more
Avoid infecting other people at school or at work by staying home and resting when you are ill.
28. Avoid Allergens
Avoid allergens like dust and smoke because they can trigger allergies that will make you sick.
29. Take time to relax
Prolonged stress can deteriorate the immune system and make us prone to influenza.
30. Take the right medicines
When you start experiencing flu symptoms, take proper medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
31. Avoid biting your nails
Other than making your nails look bad, this will increase the risk of infection from the bacteria under the nails.
32. Consume foods with high fiber
High-fiber foods can help to get stronger immune system and protect the body from flu and digestive infections.
33. Avoid playing in the puddles
Although it may be fun, playing in the puddles will expose you to the risk of worm and skin infections.
34. Wash your feet after spending time outdoors
In addition to handwashing, you also need to wash your feet after spending time outdoor, to avoid the risk of worm infections, rashes, etc.
35. Wear footwear
Worms and fungi can get into the body through the feet, so always put your footwear on when you get out of the house.
36. Cut down on soda
The sugar contained in a can of soda can reduce the immune function by 30%, according to Mark Moyad, MD from the Medical Center of the University of Michigan.
37. Take an afternoon nap
When you have some free time, use it for taking an afternoon nap. It is good for the immune system to perform its best.
38. Consume green tea
Drink a cup of hot green tea. The antioxidants and vitamin C in it are good for your immune system.
39. Change your wet clothes immediately
If you get wet because of the rain, change your wet clothes immediately when you get home, to avoid hypothermia.
40. Maintain clog-free gutters
Clogged gutters can become the breeding place for germs, thus causing illnesses that are often epidemic during the rainy season, like dengue.
41. Consume honey
Add honey into a glass of orange juice or hot tea to boost the immune system. Honey is believed to have great anti-bacterial effects.
42. Cut down on salt
Commonly known for increasing the blood pressure, salty foods can cause dehydration if you eat them without consuming a lot of liquids.
43. Only drink cooked water
Only drink cooked water to protect yourselves from food poisoning.
44. Keep your feet dry
When you get wet because of the rain, wash your feet clean and dry them to avoid rashes and fungal infections.
45. Try steam therapy
If you get nose congestion due to flu or allergy, clear it by adding a few drops of cajuput oil into a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam coming from it.
Try them and stay well, healthy people!