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Still on the fence about getting the flu vaccine? That’s OK—I won’t judge you, but I hope I have provided you with the information you need to make the decision for yourself. Today I’ll discuss MORE ways to keep yourself healthy this fall/winter.
The best way to prevent disease is to WASH YOUR HANDS. Do you realize how many germs are on your hand? You should sing “Happy Birthday” in your head while you scrub those paws….a good 20 seconds.
Get plenty of sleep. 2 days ago I stressed that most disease process begins with an inbalances within. Your body needs enough rest to restore and rejuvenate. I recommend at least 6-8 hours per night, especially during the upcoming months.
Exercise!! The weather is finally nice enough to get outdoors. Spend 20-30 minutes a day outdoors—sweat! Your skin is your biggest organ and your best detoxifier.
DIET!! I can’t stress this one enough. Stay away from the sweets, processed foods and junk these winter months. Your immune system will thank you. These foods can trigger inflammation which weaken your body’s infection-fighting white blood cells.
WATER! Stay hydrated. Water can break up congestion and starve off infections. If you do get the flu, it’s easy to get dehydrated so keep yourself hydrated with bone broth, ginger tea, herbal tea and 100% juices (without added sugars).
Who is going to spend time this weekend disinfecting their belongings, work station and home? Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for a bonus you don’t want to miss.
Today I’d like to point out the differences between a cold and a flu. And tell you a shocking statistic….the CDC ESTIMATED last year’s vaccine was only 40% effective (and with that it was 49% effective in Influenza B (mildest form), 25% against H3N2 (most common strain found circulating last year) and 65% against H1N1). Who knows what the effectiveness will be this year…the CDC even says “flu vaccine can vary in how well it works….” Guys, I’m not making this up….you can find it here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm.
So….how do you know if you have the common cold or the flu?
Suddenly sick-symptoms come on abruptly? Most likely the flu. Probably the most distinguishing characteristic.
Fever? Most likely the flu, but sometimes the flu can present without a fever.
Chills? Most likely the flu.
Headache? Most likely the flu.
Sneezing? Most likely a cold, although you can sneeze with the flu.
Sore throat? Most likely a cold, although you can have a sore throat with the flu.
Chest discomfort/cough? Most likely the flu. You may have a mild to moderate hacking cough with the cold.
Fatigue? Usually happens with both.
Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday for ways you can keep healthy this flu “season”.