A few weeks ago I kicked off my series of posts as part of the #SuperstoreFluCrew team with a post on tips for staying healthy during the kick-off of cold and flu season – back to school AKA the fall spike.
Today I’m back with another post to share the top three things you can do now, and all cold and flu season long, to avoid the dreaded flu – and be sure to stick around to the end where you’ll find an awesome giveaway!
It seems to me that besides the back-to-school rush, the week or two after the time changes always seem to be the worst for catching a cold or the flu. I know the week after the time change has traditionally been the week I get sick. I think a combination of being run down (being a fitness instructor can be tiresome work!), having my sleep schedule altered and the influx of cold and flu germs seem to battle together to get me down. Fortunately, I have managed to stay clear of the flu for quite a few years (knock on wood) even if I do end up with the odd cold, and I credit that to following these tips.
Tip #1: Strengthen Your Immune System
Getting a good night’s sleep (7-8 hours/night), drinking plenty of fluids (approx. 2 liters/day), eating healthy foods, consuming probiotic foods and staying active will go a long way to keeping your immune system healthy and happy all year-long.
Tip #2: Practice Good Hygiene
Wash your hands using warm soapy water frequently throughout the day. A quick little rinse won’t cut it. To thoroughly wash your hands (fingers, between the fingers, palms, back of the hands, wrists) takes about 20 seconds. It can also really help cut down on germs if you make it a practice to wash your hands every time you come home, especially after being in public places. A few seconds of hand washing can really make a huge difference when it comes to keeping yourself – and your family – healthy.
Another way to practice good hygiene in your home is by removing shoes when you enter the house. We walk through all sorts of things when we are outside, and you really don’t want to drag all those germs through your house. If you like wearing shoes inside, designate a pair of inside shoes or slippers to put on when you come inside
Tip #3: Get Vaccinated
The early fall is the best time to get immunized for the flu. After you’ve been vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks for it to become effective. Since the flu season is November to March/April, NOW is the time to go get your flu shot if you haven’t already.
Depending on how well matched the vaccine is to this year’s common viruses, 70-90% of flu cases can be averted through vaccination. Spending a few minutes getting your flu shot can help you avoid up to 14 days of misery with the flu! And Atlantic Superstore makes it easy by offering flu vaccinations from their pharmacists and nutrition tips from their Registered Dietitians in store.
“According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, everyone should get the flu vaccine, but it is especially important for individuals such as those 65 years of age and older; healthy children 6 months to 5 years of age; healthy pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy; and children and adults with chronic medical conditions.”
Get Prepared Before It’s Too Late
Head to Atlantic Superstore to book an appointment with one of their in-store registered dietitians for more information on foods that help support good overall and immune health, and while you’re there, visit your in-store pharmacist for your flu shot.
To help you kick-start your immune system, Atlantic Superstore is offering one of my readers a $100 gift card! To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment below sharing YOUR #1 tip for staying #Fluless this cold and flu season.
Giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Giveaway ends on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:01am ET. Winner will be chosen via random.org.
WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN! CONGRATS STEPHANIE!!!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Atlantic Superstore, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.