Living in Northeast PA means that this time of year is always tough. We have had days and days of freezing temperatures and while spring is on the horizon it seems like we can just not catch a break when it comes to sickness. With five kids it seems like someone has been sick since Christmas and the struggle is always to get the first one better before the next one gets sick.
We have had our fair share of sinus infections, ear infections and simple colds but thankfully we have managed to avoid the flu that so many people have had this year–even when other extended family members have had it.
5 Tips to Staying Healthy During Flu Season
1. Drink lots of fluids–Drinking water and juices with Vitamin C help you stay hydrated which in turn helps your immune system work properly.
2. Practice frequent hand washing–nothing gets rid of germs on your hands as well as washing them well with warm water and soap….and make sure that your kids wash their hands frequently as well. I always have my kids sing the Happy Birthday song twice while washing their hands to make sure that they are properly washing. I always make sure to keep some hand sanitizer and wipes in my purse for those times when I just can’t get to a sink.
3. Exercise–even though it is cold outside and all I want to do is huddle under the blankets and sit on the couch I make it a point to get exercise a few times a week. It helps keep me healthy both physically and mentally. I also keep my kids active with activities to get the blood pumping and the endorphins flowing!
4. Protect your sensitive nose skin with Puffs Plus Lotion-– I have really sensitive skin and so do my kids. Winter is always hard on our face, but Puffs Plus Lotion contains a touch of Shea Butter, Aloe and Vitamin E to provide comfort for the worst cold and flu symptoms. Because who wants to have red, irritated nose?
5. Eat a healthy diet–While the tendency in the winter is to eat comfort foods, it is important to remember to eat a healthy diet all year long. By eating a diet rich with vitamins and minerals, such as leafy green vegetables and fruits, as well as healthy proteins you are giving your immune system the best chance it has to fight off sickness.
I participated in the Pass The Puffs blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.