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Friday, October 5, 2018

Protecting you and your family from Approaching Virusis

One of the best things that we can do to protect from upcoming viruses is to make sure our hands are washed. Wash them thoroughly and wash them often. Sanitizing gel or spray will help to reduce risk of catching viral and bacterial infections. Important steps to follow:
  • wash 20 seconds or more, a good tip is to sing "Happy  Birthday" twice while scrubbing
  • Don't turn off water with bare hand, rather grab a paper towel to turn nob on faucet. Germs like to gather on bathroom fixtures. 
  • dry hands from all that washing can also harbor germs so be sure to moisturize to keep skin smooth as well
While washing hands you will want to play close attention to your nails. This are a is a great place for serious bacteria and viruses to hide. E. Coli, strep, coronavirus and more can linger under your nails. There are special cleaners for nails that should be considered to use when washing hands.

Surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected against virus and bacteria. Viruses love to hide on public surfaces, phones, doorknobs, pens and other items. Cleaning often or keeping hand sanitizers close by and ready to use after touching public places is something that is truly needed. Cleaning will help to remove germs but when you also disinfect the germs are destroyed.

To help protect your health take in lots of vitamins C and D. These vitamins help fight threats like the flu virus.  Vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed. Dark leafy vegetables, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, and tomatoes. One of the best foods with high amount of vitamin C are bell peppers. Vitamin D also offers anti inflammatory and immune boosting properties that offers quite a punch for the virus leading to knock out, be sure that you take in plenty of vitamin D. Foods such as tuna, salmon, eggs, ricotta cheese and beef liver all offer vitamin D. Another great way to get vitamin D in your body is to head outside to get some sun.

Sleep is an important part to staying healthy as well. During sleep our bodies rebuild and produce virus attacking cells that help strengthen the immune system. With today stresses and busy schedules pushing our selves too much can make our bodies vulnerable to viruses. Thus, 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night are required when striving to stay healthy. 

Having an active lifestyle is very important as well as getting exercise. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can help scare off illness. By strengthening your heart you are also building your immune system. A good immune system will be better off fighting away infections. 

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