At Seminole Family Health Clinic, it is important for us to help our patients stay as healthy as possible year-round. As Florida residents, we know we are lucky to be graced with beautiful weather—most of the time. However, although we may not have to deal with snow storms and blizzards, this doesn’t mean we are immune to the colds that often accompany the winter season.
Tips to Avoid Cold & Flu Season
Contrary to popular belief, it is not completely impossible to sail through these colder months without getting sick. Of course, we want the patients of Seminole Family Health Clinic to practice preventative health measures to decrease their chances of getting sick. Below are some of the habits you should adopt for optimal levels of health all winter long.
- Wash and sanitize hands throughout the day. The majority of colds and flus are spread in high traffic, public areas that get a lot of human contact, such as door handles, railings, and fax machines. While it is strongly recommended you carry hand-sanitizer, it is not as effective as thoroughly washing your hands at a sink with soap and water. Obviously, you should do this after every time you go to the bathroom. But be conscious of doing it when once you arrive home, before you cook, etc.
- Drink tea and water. At Seminole Family Health Clinic, we strongly encourage our patients to tea during the chillier months of the year. Black and green teas are packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system. Drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated will also help rid your body of harmful toxins.
- Carry anti-bacterial wipes. With a constant flux of viruses circulating throughout winter, it is important to not only sanitize your hands, but the spaces in which you work. From the workout equipment and machines at the gym to your desk and work area in the office, using anti-bacterial wipes will help ward off those nasty germs.
- Get enough sleep. You may be sick of hearing how important sleep is, but that is because the power of a good night’s sleep cannot be understated. People who get less than seven hours of sleep a night, on average, have weaker immune systems and, therefore, are more susceptible to cold viruses.
Unfortunately, sometimes even our best efforts at avoiding cold and flu season aren’t enough to keep the germs away. If you’re sick, or can feel the symptoms starting to come on, visit us at Seminole Family Health Clinic to get the appropriate antibiotics/medicine you need. If you know you have the flu, don’t try to manage it yourself, as you could be contagious and will only increase the chances of making others sick too!
For more information, call us today at 727-851-9910 or visit our walk in clinic!