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Here’s How to Disinfect a Home After the Flu and Keep Everyone Else Healthy

14. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face You should also try to avoid touching your face when you’re around public spaces or when you are… Trista - January 19, 2020
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14. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face

You should also try to avoid touching your face when you’re around public spaces or when you are close by to others who are sick. It is a natural instinct to touch our faces but try to be mindful of this habit. It is also challenging to remain healthy when someone in your home has, unfortunately, become sick with the flu.

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Again, get a flu shot, and as described above, make sure you are in disinfectant mode all-around your home. You might be wondering what the difference is between the flu and the common cold… The flu happens a lot more suddenly than the cold. It will also be a lot harsher on your system than just the common cold. The flu is marked by the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, runny nose, and fatigue.

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15. The Difference Between The Common Cold And The Flu 

In comparison, the common cold will have you sneezing, feeling congested in your nasal cavities, and a runny nose to finish it off. The question on the tip of everyone’s tongue is, “Can I catch the flu by getting the flu shot?”. The simple answer is no; you cannot get the flu from getting the flu shot.

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The reason for this is because it has been manufactured using an inactive virus, so it won’t be able to cause anyone to get influenza from being injected with the vaccine. Keep on top of the spread of flu in your area by checking out the CDC’s Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report.

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16. Boost Your Immune System This Flu Season 

You also need to keep your immune system in tip-top shape during the flu season as this truly is your best defense against the flu and the common cold. It’s easier than what you would think! We’ve picked some of our favorite and easiest ways to stay healthy during these virus filled seasons. 

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First off, staying active is a great way to help reduce your chances of getting the cold. Not only does it diminish it slightly, but actually almost in half! This idea was proved by a study in which it showed that exercise strengthened resistance by causing the immune cells to circulate at a higher rate than they usually would. 

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17. Get Your Body Moving

Not only that, but exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. Less stress means that there is less inflammation, which in turn means that if you contract the flu, your body will be able to fight it off a bit easier. You probably don’t want to exercise during the colder months, but it really will benefit you and your health.

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You don’t have to spend hours in the gym trying to fight off the flu, with just 20 minutes of a moderate form of exercise each day it can have incredible anti-inflammatory effects to help your immune system function at its best. Try taking a brisk walk or joining a fun exercise class that is indoors like hot yoga. 

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18. Eat The Good Bacteria 

Take a step in restoring the good bacteria in your body. An M.D at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Amber Tully, says, “People who have more healthy bacteria in their gut tend to be sick less often. How can you improve the levels of good bacteria in your body?

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This action can be through the use of probiotics. They will help to strengthen the cells in your immune system. You can take actual probiotic tablets, or you can increase your daily intake of foods that naturally have it. This list includes options like yogurt and kefir for breakfast or dinner, try adding some pickles or sauerkraut. 

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19. Get Silly to Get Healthy 

This next one might sound silly, but it’s a lot more fun than getting a cold. On your way to work or on your way home, turn up your car’s radio and sing along! This option is a great way to lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol, which is a cause of weakening your immune system. 

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Create a playlist on your phone that is specifically for this purpose. Pick out your favorite happy songs and put on the playlist when you’re feeling anxious or stressed about something. This natural remedy is not only good for your body, but it’s just a lot of fun too!

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20. Remember To Take Your Vitamins Each Day 

Focus on your vitamin intake and which vitamins your body is craving. Vitamin D is a great one to help fuel your body’s T cells. These cells are responsible for fighting off bacteria and viruses. Research has shown that half the population will have a D deficiency when the end of the winter comes. 

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A way to combat this is to include foods in your diet that are high in Vitamin D. The recommended is 600 IU per day. What are some excellent options for this? Fatty fish is a healthy option such as salmon or canned tuna. There are other good sources of Vitamin D, such as milk, eggs, and also D-fortified orange juice. It’s delicious and good for your body!

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21. Mother Nature To The Rescue 

Did you know that Mother Nature can actually help you beat the flu? Spending time in nature is vital for your health, according to experts. It is often due to the fact that when we spend time in the environment, we are switching the body from a stressed-out state into a rest-and-digest mode. 

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When you are stressed, it can cause some very adverse effects. Your body will actually divert the necessary resources away from everything nonessential, which unfortunately includes your immune system. What do the professionals have to say about the effect of stress on our overall well being? 

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22. It’s Time To Take A Break 

Environment and behavior scientist Ming Kuo from the University of Illinois says, “But when we’re in a relaxed state, the body puts resources toward building the immune system.” Make sure you take a break once in a while so that your body has time to heal and recuperate from any stressors that may have affected your immune system. 

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Another way to keep the flu at bay is to snack smartly. By snacking on things like vegetables and fruits throughout the day, you will keep your immune system functioning very well. Fruits like berries contain antioxidants – natural medicine from nature. It will neutralize free radicals. Soluble fiber from fruits, vegetables, and nuts also helps to reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system. 

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23. Your Mood And Your Immune System 

It’s amazing how your mood can have such an effect on everything in your life, and that includes your body and immune system. Sometimes we have bad days and you feel down. When you’re feeling like this, it weakens your immune system. So, the goal is to stay as happy, positive, and carefree as you can during the flu season. 

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Something you can do when you’re feeling like this is to give a family member or friend a phone call. Arrange to meet up or just chat on the phone. This notion will hopefully give you a feeling of happiness, which will then get the feel-good chemicals in your brain working. These will then counteract the stress hormones and stop them from weakening your immune system. 

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24. Fighting The Flu With Technology 

Technology can also come into play in helping keep the flu away from your home. You could buy a humidifier or even just keep a basin of water next to your bed. What does this do for you? It helps to stop the mucous membranes from drying out. When they dry out, they are a lot more vulnerable and may become infected. 

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While talking about keeping a humidifier in your bedroom, let’s talk about the importance of sleep! Chris Winter, the author of The Sleep Solution, says, “The functioning of your immune system is intimately tied to the amount and quality of sleep.” The less sleep you are getting each night, the more depleted your immune system will become. 

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25. Get Your Beauty Sleep 

You need to try your best to get in at least seven hours of sleep each night. Now, let’s say that all of the above hasn’t worked and you have unfortunately come down with the flu. What can you do now that you’ve got the bug and want to get rid of it as quickly as you can? Our first tip is to stay at home.

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It is crucial to stay home so that you don’t infect anyone else with the flu at your workplace or school. The other reason it is important to stay home is that you need to give your body time to rest in order to fight off the flu virus. You need to say goodbye to your daily routine and hello to your warm bed. 

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26. Take Time To Recover Properly 

We know that it’s actually tough being bed bound! You are so tempted to go and do your usual errands or carry on with your routine, but this will actually make you take a few steps back in your recovery process. You need to put all this on hold until you start to feel a lot better. 

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The flu can be very dangerous for older adults and small children. It means that you need to be considerate of these facts and avoid contact with people while you are still contagious. The flu doesn’t last forever, so enjoy the downtime and enjoy binging on your favorite series that you haven’t had time to watch in ages.

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27. A Nap A Day Keeps The Doctor Away 

Something that goes hand in hand with staying at home is sleeping as much as possible! Sleep is quite possibly one of the best medicines for your body when you are sick with the fly. Try to go to bed earlier than you usually would and also enjoy the sleep-in that you wouldn’t normally be able to have. 

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A nap during the day during or after the flu is a good idea as your body will take all the sleep it can get when it is sick. It will provide your body with a high chance of recovery. By sleeping and resting up when you have the flu, you will also be able to reduce the chances of further complications as a result of flu-like pneumonia.

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28. It’s Time To Increase Your Liquid Intake 

You will need to keep plenty of fluids next to your bedside when you’re at home resting. This is because when you get the flu, you will experience a high fever. High temperature means sweating, which means you will slowly but surely become dehydrated if you aren’t getting many liquids into your system. 

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With the flu, you might also experience other symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. All of this leads to a significant loss of fluids. You need to ensure that you are replacing these lost liquids on a regular basis to give your body a fighting chance against the sickness that has taken its hold on you. 

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29. H20 Is The Way To Go 

What is the best type of fluid for this? Water is the best option, but you could also enjoy some herbal teas or even tea with some honey. These liquids will have a soothing effect on your body and keep you hydrated at the same time. But, there are also liquids that you should avoid. These are alcohol and caffeine. 

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Along with liquids, you will need to be eating well too. We know that when you’re sick, all you want is to indulge in the delicious comfort foods. But, your body needs more than just ice cream to heal its immune system. Snack on fresh fruits and include vegetables as a side to your dinner when you are sick.

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30. Meals Are Important To Build Your Strength 

These food groups are going to give you back the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you will need in your fight against the flu. It is also understandable that when you’re sick like this, you won’t actually have much of an appetite, to begin with. So when you do eat, it’s important to eat things that will fuel your body. 

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It is also essential to try and eat regular meals to keep up your strength. Even if the meals are smaller than usual, it’s better than nothing! Alongside these more natural remedies, there is also the option of over the counter medications. These can really help boost your recovery if you don’t end up in the doctor’s rooms. 

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31. If All Else Fails, Visit The Drug Store 

Visit your local drug store or get someone to do it for you when you’re not feeling well. Go down the cold and flu aisle and take your pick from hundreds of options available. There will be different medications that will deal with individual flu symptoms and others that may treat many of the flu symptoms you’re experiencing. 

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There are pain relievers that will help reduce your fever and body aches caused by the flu. This list includes medication like Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol. You might also want to try to decongestants that will help to open up your nasal passages. These will help take the pressure off your sinuses and make you feel a lot better. 

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32. What To Take For A Lingering Cough 

If you’re experiencing a cough, you can try cough suppressants, which will also help soothe a dry cough. Expectorants will help to loosen the mucus trapped in your body, and it could also be useful if you are experiencing a wet cough instead of a dry one. Last but not least, try an antihistamine.

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These will help to dry you out and also have sedative effects that will help you and your body to rest better than you are. Another at-home remedy for a cough is honey. It has been soothing sore throats and coughs for centuries! There has even been a study on the way that it helps when a person is ill. 

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33. The Benefits Of Natural Remedies Like Honey

Researchers have found that a dose of honey was even more effective than a cough suppressant when dealing with a nighttime cough. It was for children who were aged between 2 and 18 years who were suffering from upper respiratory tract infection. On a side note, you should not give honey to children who are under one year of age. 

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So, in an ideal world, we have robust enough immune systems never to get the flu in the first place. We are always ahead with our flu vaccination and breeze through the flu season. In the real world, we may possibly get the common cold or the flu, but there are great ways to get through it and recover well. 

Sources:

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/flu-season-cleaning-home/

https://www.bhg.com/news/disinfecting-mistakes/

https://www.healthline.com/health/influenza/tips-for-speedy-flu-recovery#1

https://www.bhg.com/health-family/conditions/colds-flu/flu-season-how-to-stay-healthy/

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