How to stay healthy when everyone around you is sick
It’s that time of year again — soon half of your office will be out sick and your roommate will be coughing all over your snacks! If you’re looking to cut back on sick days this year, there are many ways you can stay healthy while everyone else is stuck at home:
Stay away – This may sound obvious, but it’s often harder than it seems. Especially if you’re attending social events, try to keep your distance from anyone who’s sick and try to get in the habit of not kissing anyone on the cheek.
Wash your hands – Especially before you eat! Scrubbing with soap is preferred, but if you’re not near a sink, hand sanitizer will definitely help. A study from Children’s Hospital in Boston found that those families who keep hand sanitizer nearby — in a purse or car, for example — had 59% fewer cases of stomach bugs than those who didn’t.2
Stop touching your face – On average, people touch their face two or three times a minute, which is an easy way for cold and flu germs to spread through your eyes, nose or mouth.1
Take supplements – Vitamin D and Zinc are what you should aim for. Vitamin D has been found to lower the chances of getting a cold or other infection of the upper respiratory tract.3 Zinc can reduce the length of a cold3 and may help prevent the common cold from maturing and attaching to airways. 2 You can easily get enough zinc by taking zinc lozenges.
Get enough sleep – This is the most important! If you don’t allow your body to rest, the other precautions you take won’t work as well. 2 Those who sleep under seven hours a night are nearly three times more likely to catch a cold than those who got more rest.3
- Posted by holx-admin
- On February 19, 2015