Staying Sniffle-Free

1 Mar

No one wants to be laid up with the sniffles or, worse, the flu. That said, you can’t exactly steer clear of germs altogether–but that doesn’t mean you’re defenseless! Of course, you know, washing your hands frequently and getting a flu vaccine are your first lines of defense. But why stop there?

Keep your distance
Eyeball 6 to 10 feet

Use a Humidifier
Its much tougher for influenza to survive when the relative humidity is between 40% and 60%

Avoid Smoke
Smoking damages the linings of the nose and throat that sweep bacteria, viruses and irritants from your respiratory tract. Even exposure to second hand smoke can paralyze cilia, and you encounter a cold or flu virus at the same time, it is more likely to get past that biological defense line.

Catch your ZZZs
You need to sleep at least 8 hours to enter the last REM sleep stage, which is when your stem cells are active in the cellular repair that optimizes your immune system. And a well-tuned immune system is crucial for defending against the cold virus.
Source: Health Monitor at Home Winter 2014

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