10 Mar How to Protect Yourself Against Germs and Viruses
When colds and flus and scary viruses are all around, it can really make us worry. Who has time to get sick these days?! If you want to avoid catching bugs, remember there are plenty of ways you can aid yourself in staying healthy naturally.
- Wash, wash, wash.
Wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. It’s the most important thing of all, because that’s how germs spread quickly. Wash your hands for 30 seconds each time (sing the chorus of Stayin’ Alive… upbeat, and ironic!), and make sure you’re using a soap with antibacterial properties. If you want to keep it natural, go for something with tea tree oil or clove oil.
2. Keep your heart rate up.
Staying fit will always benefit your health, and in the winter months, it has the added bonus of getting you outside into the fresh air. Regular exercise is so important for physical and mental health – so making time for a walk or a workout is much better than having to take time off for a sick day.
3. Eat foods with phytochemicals.
Sounds scary? Don’t worry, it’s all natural and allllll good for you. Phytochemicals are compounds found in plants, believed to help protect cells from damage. Go for bright, colourful fruits and vegetables, and make sure you’re eating a nice range. Carrots, beans, capsicums, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower – eat the whole rainbow.
4. Try salt therapy.
For a great immune booster, book in for a salt therapy session or three. The salty air inside a therapy centre has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties, which can help your system from all angles. Not only can it aid in clearing up symptoms you already have (it can help dry up mucus, open up your airways, and fight off any viruses already in your system), but it also can help boost your immune system to protect you against catching any bugs that come your way.
Remember, your body is a clever thing. It’s doing a million things every minute, and most of them are trying to keep you safe. Do what you can to help it, by taking deep breaths, eating well, and giving it the rest it needs. Treat your body with some salt therapy, go for a walk, and don’t panic. Your body has your back… literally.
6. Drink Water.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Water helps to carry oxygen to your body cells, which results in properly functioning systems. It also works in removing toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and having a negative impact on your immune system.