Health Tips For Back-to-School
It’s that time of year again, time to head back to class. It is also a time that many common illnesses are going around, as fall usually marks the beginning of the cold and flu season. Children’s immune systems are less experienced, and they are at high risk for catching common illnesses (flu, cold, ear infections, pink eye). Whether you are trying to keep healthy, and/or trying to keep your kids healthy, here are some tips to help:
Hand Washing: This is one of the best ways to prevent common illnesses. Remember that people are often infected before they show any symptoms. Be sure to wash hands in water with soap for 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “happy birthday” twice). Hand washing should be done after contact with anyone else, eating, using the bathroom, touching pets, or blowing your nose. Hand sanitizer will work when soap and water are not readily available. Don’t forget to dry off! Wet hands can pick up more bacteria.
Hygiene: Keep your food and utensils to yourself (cups, forks, food). It may be tempting to share a treat with someone else, but remember that common illnesses can easily be transmitted this way. Keep your hands to yourself, and refrain from touching your nose, mouth, and eyes when possible. This is the route germs take into the body. Sneezing and coughing should be done into your elbow crook or a tissue. Do not reuse tissues, and wash up after doing so. This helps stop the spread of germs.
Diet: What you eat can help boost your immune system. Be sure you have a healthy well balanced diet (Mediterranean diet for instance). Take vitamins and minerals to be sure you are getting the nutrition you need (vitamin C, Vitamin D, Echinacea, oregano oil, omega-3 have all been shown to help keep your immune system healthy). Stay well hydrated with water (NOT sugary fluids like soda and some “juices”). Drinking half your body weight in ounces is the recommended amount to stay hydrated.
Sleep: Be sure to get a good night sleep. It is important to get on a good sleep schedule that leaves you waking up feeling revived.
Exercise: Try to make time to exercise regularly. This will help keep your immune system strong, and keep you healthy.
Chiropractic: Chiropractic adjustments can help take stress off your body’s nervous system. It can also help your body function at its optimum level without interference. This will help keep your immune system strong.
When becoming ill: Be sure to stay home and get plenty of rest. Your body needs time to fight and recover from the illness. Be sure you have a good diet, and you are getting the nutrition your body needs. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Remember that antibiotics CAN NOT kill viruses. See your health care provider when needed.
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.