Protect yourself this winter… from flu shots to storm prep.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF THIS WINTER…

When someone is sick in an office, it takes only four hours for surfaces like coffee pot handles, copy machine buttons and the fridge door to show traces of infectious virus. Here are some tips that work help protect you this winter.

SIP TEA

Drink hot black or green tea with lemon and honey. Drinking  tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia, the hair follicles in the nose- to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus, and honey is an antibacterial.

GET A PROTEIN FIX  AND TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

Researchers show that diets that are too low in protein can deplete the immune system. So  make sure to get protein-rich foods throughout the day, like eggs or peanut butter.

Calcium, along with magnesium, helps to nourish the nervous system and prevent anxiety, panic attacks, and restlessness or irritability. … Deficiency in vitamin D has been linked with anxiety, depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Vitamin D also aids in the absorption of Vitamin C.

DRINK UP

Drink water constantly to flush toxins out through the lymph system,helping to clean your body from the inside.  Water also helps to help your skin shine, gives you energy and helps you to lose weight. Try drinking one glass of water before every meal. Not only will it aid in digestion, but it will fill you up faster.

DON’T TALK DIRTY

Like most people, you keep your cell phone with you at all times. During the day, you probably set it on counters or use it in between opening doors, pushing elevator buttons and shaking hands. Clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe to cut back on the germs that get near your face and mouth.

 Don’t forget your flu shot! It may not prevent you from getting the flu, but it will decrease the severity and the chances of you needing to be hospitalized. 

PRIOR PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE

During the winter months, the risk of losing power from snow and wind storms increases. A little preparation goes a long way to providing comfort during these outages.

BEFORE A STORM HITS:

Fill jugs ¾ full and freeze. This will help keep your freezer cool without as much energy use and if the power goes out, these will help keep it colder longer. You could also use these jugs as an emergency water supply.

Make sure you have a land line phone in case you have lost power to your portable phones. Have a back-up energy supply to charge your cell phone. You can purchase a radio that doubles as a flashlight and can re-charge your cellular device all with the turn of a crank or battery power.

Keep plenty of batteries of various sizes for flashlights, alarm clocks, etc.

Lower the thermostat on the refrigerator. If the power goes out, this will help your food stay as cool as possible, for as long as possible.

If using a generator, NEVER connect it to your home’s electrical system, which can endanger you, your neighbor’s and utility workers. Connect appliances directly to the generator with properly sized power cords. Make sure the generator is grounded. Follow the generator manufacturer’s recommendations for safe use. If you are interested in having your generator hooked up to your home, contact an electrician for the correct size generator and connection.

As always, make sure you have a properly working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home.

Create a “storm tool kit” and have the following supplies on hand: flashlights and extra batteries, a portable battery operated radio, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, emergency food and water, a manual can opener, essential medication, cash and credit cards.

Don’t forget your pet’s needs in your preparation.