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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top 7 Reasons Why People Catch The Flu

Every year it's the same story – winter arrives and you catch the flu.  You're tried the flu shots, you're diligent about washing your hands, you even drink a glass of orange juice every morning.  But still, year after year, you know it's coming.  It's only a matter of time before you catch the flu – again! 



You're not alone.  Millions of people every year do everything you're doing and they still all come down with the same symptoms.  Headache, fever, nausea, scratchy throat – you know them well.  Here are 7 things most people do wrong that explain why so many folks catch the flu every year.



Not enough sleep – The average person really does need 8 hours of sleep every night.  It's not a myth or an old wives' tale.  It takes that long for the body to recuperate and rejuvenate for the next day's activities.  Unfortunately, with the busy schedules we all have today, most folks are lucky to get 6 hours of shut-eye a night.



Not enough exercise – Exercise helps improve blood circulation which in turn helps flush toxins out of the body.  Plus, it improves respiration, too, which helps keep your lungs clear and free from infection.



Not enough moisture – Viruses love a cold, dry environment and winter time brings on exactly the right conditions.  Use a humidifier to help put some moisture back into the air in your home.  As a bonus, you'll also lower your heating bill – moist air retains more heat.



Stress Stress is a huge contributor.  When you're stressed all the systems of your body are stressed – your circulatory system, your respiratory system and yes, your immune system.  When you're not operating at your peak it's harder to fight off colds and flu.  Getting plenty of rest, exercise and a proper diet will help eliminate stress.  Take a look at outside influences, too – your job, in particular.



Not enough Vitamin C There's a reason your mother made you drink your orange juice every morning – it's rich in Vitamin C, another vitamin that benefits your immune system.



Poor diet – A healthy, balanced diet is beneficial under any circumstances.  If your body's in good overall health it's easier to ward of colds and flus.  And preventing them is a lot easier than trying to get over them.



Poor hygiene – You've heard all the talk about hand washing and you've seen all those anti-bacterial lotions and cleansers.  It's true.  People who wash their hands frequently throughout the day suffer from fewer bouts with colds and flu.



Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold or that nasty old flu bug.  Over-the-counter and prescription medications can help relieve symptoms, but one you've caught it you just have to let it run it's course.  Wouldn't it be a lot easier just to do everything you can to prevent it this year?










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