Every year the season rolls around for the aches, pains, sniffles, and sneezes. Every person is looking for sure fire ways to help them reduce their risk of catching the bug. Well in the following essay I am going to supply some relatively easy tips to follow that will help reduce your chances of catching the flu.
The first tip is going to be something that every person should be doing no matter what time of year it is. Wash your hands. According to the Mayo Clinic Staff “Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.” Although hand washing is by far one of the best ways to prevent spreading bacteria you can also use alcohol based hand sanitizers. These hand sanitizers require no soap or water you just rub it on and then it dries. These sanitizers also come in convenient wipes and little bottles for on the go cleanliness. However we must remember that there is no substitute for washing your hands so let’s keep our paws clean!
Next is the well known belief that taking a vitamin c supplement will help increase your immune system and in return reduce your risk for catching and infections. According to medical researchers report in Seizer and Whitney’s 11th Edition Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, there is no solid proof behind this theory. Although taking a vitamin c supplement daily is still beneficiary just not in the curing of a cold. 1 gram per day has statistically been proven to lower antihistamine levels in the blood. Histamines are what make you sneeze, have a runny nose and also have swollen sinuses. Taking a vitamin c supplement can help boost your immune defenses and make it harder for you to catch a cold in the future. Medical researchers do not recommend taking vitamin c to purely just fight a cold once you have one. Instead they recommend that you take an advance directive and try to build your immune defenses so that you are less likely of catching a cold when the... [continues]
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