Being sick is no one’s idea of fun; not to mention, it can cost you money if you run out of paid sick days. With extreme flu cases on the rise, it’s important to keep yourself healthy during the peak season for sickness. Use this guide to protect yourself from the germs found in workplaces, schools and other public areas.

Wash your Hands

Arguably the most important step in maintaining health, people often skimp on hand washing. In reality, hand washing is your first line of defense for scrubbing away germs you may have picked up on commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs, keyboards, mice, pens, coffee makers and more. To wash away the germs that can live on surfaces for up to eight hours, scrub your hands, fingers and wrists with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well and dry with a clean towel, which you should then use to turn off the faucet and open public restroom doors to avoid recontamination.

When you come into contact with germy public areas, you won’t get sick right away. The germs can’t pass through your skin; rather, they infect your body if they come into contact with your nose, eyes or mouth. Avoid scratching your nose or resting your hand on your chin until you’ve thoroughly washed up to avoid falling ill.

Diet and Exercise

Everyone wants an easy fix, but it always comes back to diet and exercise. An assortment of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is delivered to your body when you eat a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. These nutrients work to boost your immune system and keep your overall wellness in peak condition. Antioxidants—found in dark, leafy greens and berries—work to fight off free radicals caused by chemicals, pollution, contaminants, germs etc.

Our bodies are not meant to sit endlessly. Regular exercise allows your body to function smoothly, while releasing endorphins that make you feel great about your fitness accomplishments. Even if your diet slips, it’s a good idea to eat healthy snacks before and after a workout, such as fruit, yogurt and protein-rich granolas.

If You Get Sick

Sometimes, even your best efforts aren’t enough to combat the germs swarming around during this time of year. If you do get sick, it’s important that your body gets the rest it needs to heal. You should also do your best to avoid spreading the illness further by using your sleeve or a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes rather than your hand, which can then touch objects and infect more people. Always wash your hands after blowing your nose and, though it may be hard, avoid hugging your loved ones for a few days. They’ll definitely appreciate your resistance…from afar!

Get the coverage you need to support your health year-round. Call Integrity Network Insurance Group at (512) 989-6006 for more information on Round Rock health insurance.

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