This is a preview of our Spring Newsletter Feature Article. It is news that you can use now! We hope these tips keep you and your family healthy!
At Camp Jump Start our whole health education strengthen bodies. When you take care of yourself by eating the right foods (and avoiding the harmful ones), getting enough exercise, dealing with stress effectively and getting enough sleep then you are able to ward off illness. You may still get sick but you will likely get well faster and avoid complications.
Remember that we must follow the data for this new Coronavirus and avoid hysteria. Depending on your source, the flu takes the lives of 20,000 to 69,000 people each year. The people at risk are typically our youngest, our oldest, those with compromised immunity and underlying diseases. The best defense is a good offense so be proactive and set up healthy habits to control what you can control. Then stay current with information from a reliable source and ignore those trying to incite panic.
Best Ways to Stay Healthy When Viruses Are In the News
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed but this is the time of year when people are in close contact and germs spread. In the news we hear about the Coronavirus and strains of influenza (flu) that are deadly and it scares us. Physicians treat symptoms of these viruses and most get better, but the real prevention and healing must come from you so let’s be proactive and prepare!
Here are a dozen ways that you can take control over your health destiny and avoid communicable illnesses.
- Wash your hands vigorously and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Use lotion too if you are prone to chapped skin.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue—immediately throw the tissue into a closed-container and wash your hands.
- Our hands touch many things throughout the day like light switches, doorknobs, gas pumps and small office items like pens. Stop and think of where germs transfer from yourself or others then clean those areas frequently using a disinfectant wipe. Viruses can live a long time on hard surfaces but die quickly on soft surfaces. Make it a habit not to touch your face as this is a direct path for a virus to infect you!
- Avoid close contact and keep a 3 to 6-foot distance between you or someone else who is sick. Turn your head away from those coughing or sneezing.
- In your home try to isolate the person who is ill—sleep in a different room and do not share a bathroom when possible; use paper products when eating or drinking then dispose of all trash in a designated container. Avoid intimate contact until everyone is healthy again!
- Choose whole, plant-rich foods to boost your immune system and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of plain water. You should drink ½ of your weight in ounces of water a day so your cells work efficiently. Then you can drink other beverages.
- Eat your vitamins instead of taking unnecessary supplements! Vitamin C produces interferons that are needed to activate the immune system against viruses. These foods may help prevent or shorten the course of illness: broccoli, spinach, leafy greens, bell peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, potatoes and tropical fruits.
- Make time to de-stress. Researchers report that a person’s psychological wellbeing effects the body’s resistance and resilience to infection:
- Get enough sleep. Researchers have found that tired people are more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections. Lack of adequate sleep can make your cold symptoms worse and the illness will last longer too.
- If you develop symptoms seek medical care early and stay home. You will get better quicker and prevent the spread of the virus. Be fever-free for 24 hours before resuming your life.
- Exercise that causes you to sweat every day will also kill germs and remove toxins from your own body. Always clean gym equipment before and after using it!
- When outbreaks like the Coronavirus occur, find a credible source you can trust like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov) so you stay informed and get up-to-date news you can use.
If we keep our mind, body and spirit healthy, the viruses will be far less likely to make us sick.