With cold and flu season officially upon us, chances are you’ll see lots of patients who will come in trying to get relief from these two illnesses. But since you’ll be around sick people all the time, how do you avoid getting sick? After all, your patients need you to help feel better so the last thing you want is to get sick yourself! Here are some tips on how to boost your immune system to avoid your chances of catching a cold or the flu this season:
Decrease how much alcohol you drink
With the holidays upon us, it’s natural to want to partake in a few glasses of wine or beer, but make sure to think twice before you get a second glass. Too much alcohol can reduce your immune system’s ability to effectively kill off bacteria, so stick to only one drink. And it’s also dehydrating, which can diminish your sleep and another way to lower you immune system to fight off illness.
Skip the sugar
During cold and flu season, skip the sugar since it inhibits white blood cells from getting rid of viruses and bacterial.
Get your flu vaccination
You might be giving many patients the flu vaccine, but don’t forget to give it to yourself to protect yourself from H2N2, which is one of the nastier kinds of flu viruses around. This is probably the No. 1 thing you can do to not get sick!
Wash your hands more
You’re probably used to washing your hands all the time, but make sure you do it after more than usual. You might want to also wash everything you touch. Bacteria tends to like dark, warm and moist places so wash door knob handles, your phone, your desk and even your washing machine! Clean anything you come into contact with so that you sanitize it all!
Opt for probiotics
About 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so start popping probiotics to prevent respiratory illness like the cold.
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