Cold and flu season is here with a vengeance! Now is the time to make sure we have preventative practices in place to ensure that our household isn't attacked by these nasty viruses. By making an effort to stick to the following healthy habits, I know I can make an impact on the health of my family when it comes to food preparation, household purchases, and daily cleaning.
5 Healthy Practices to Follow During the Cold and Flu Season
1. Wash hands (and hand towels) frequently. The best way to prevent your family from getting the cold or flu is to make sure everyone is washing their hands frequently. Remind kids to wash their hands before eating, and not to put their hands near their mouth our eyes. I make sure my kiddos and I wash our hands right after walking in the door when we are home after running errands or after school. Don't forget to wash hand towels frequently! Check out our list of American made towels and add to your hand towel stash.
2. Eat yogurt once a day. I strongly believe that the regular consumption of yogurt helps strengthen the immune system- especially when it comes to sinus issues. I used to get sinus infections all the time growing up. So much so that I was constantly going to the doctor for them- until I went to a doctor in college that suggested eating yogurt regularly as a preventative measure. He had said that the probiotics in the yogurt could help in preventing the repeated infections. It worked! Today, I always have yogurt in the fridge, where it's available for quick breakfasts, school lunches, and on the road snacks. When I buy yogurt for my family, I make sure to read the labels carefully. I look for yogurt with active cultures and with no chemical sweeteners. I try to buy organic and NOT low fat.
3. Drink lots of water! According to the CDC, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, water is needed to cushion joints, protect the spinal cord, and helps the body get rid of waste. Keeping the body hydrated is also said to make the immune system stronger to fight off illnesses. The cool designs on Tervis water bottles bring some fun into drinking water! My son keeps his Tervis water bottle on his desk at school. It is made in Florida.
4. Wipe bathroom and kitchen counters down frequently with a vinegar based cleaner. I absolutely LOVE my homemade vinegar based cleaning spray! Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and is a great alternative to bleach. I feel comfortable using it often without exposing my family to harsh chemicals, and because there are no harsh chemicals, I use it OFTEN. I keep a bottle by the sink to wipe down the kitchen counter and table after every use. I also keep a bottle in the bathroom to wipe down the bathroom sink and counter every night. For the vinegar cleaner recipe, and for more tips on green cleaning, check out my post Made in the USA for Over 100 Years, The Original Green Cleaners.
5. At the first hint of congestion, sniffles, nausea, or a sore throat, brew up a cup of ginger tea. Ginger tea is a favorite home remedy of my household! I make it the second anyone shows any symptoms of illness. It contains two cold and flu soothing ingredients: ginger and honey. Ginger contains chemicals that may reduce upper respiratory irritation and nausea. Honey is used to soothe sore throats and helps stop coughs. Ginger tea is easy to make.
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I get cold very often. Thanks for the amazing tips and I am surely gonna try yout ginger tea.
I had no idea that yogurt helps strengthen the immune system. I wish frozen yogurt did, too… LOL!
These are really good tips. I will be making that ginger tea!
Well, I’m glad to hear the yogurt advice because I love yogurt. I didn’t realize it might protect you from illness.
The towels are lovely and I do like soft and pretty towels. I make sure everyone in my home washes their hands frequently especially in the winter months.
This GINGER TEA RECIPE does sound terrific to try. I am trying to follow all of these tips this winter.
Thank you for the tip on using Vinegar, I recently started to use it but was not sure if it was a disinfectant. Awesome tips!
I do most of these, but I’ve never tried ginger tea – It sounds good – cold or not!
Really good ideas! We eat so much sugar.. if you think about it we are mainly drinking sugar based drinks, instead of taking the natural sugars from the fruit! I also agree that using vinegar based cleaners is a lovely cleaning solution! This way we live in a toxin-free environment and we save money on cleaning products! Thumbs up for the post! I really enjoyed it! Yasmin, Cleaners Up Ltd.
Great post! I really thing that I have to stop buying this sugar juice! It is really bad! Thanks for the post! Greets, Lewisham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.
Great ideas….teenager doesn’t like yogurt but I do make sure she gets veggies and fruit. I’m checking out the vinegar spray. Thanks!
We love vegatables but like you as a gardener our consumption does go down in the winter when we need them the most. I freeze and can vegetables and try and eat a bunch of them along with the great things like squash and winter vegatbles. I didnt know about the yogurt although we eat a fair amount of it- we will try and up that too!
I am glad to say that my family does do all of these suggestions. I love using vinegar for cleaning too!
I love the idea of a butternut squash sauce – I’ll have to find some of this stuff!
We moved to a new home last year that has a huge garden area. For the first time, we grew our own veggies, as well as some melons and pumpkins. Eating more veggies is easy when they are almost free.
We gave up soda a few years ago and we don’t even miss it. In addition to being incredibly fattening, it’s terrible for your teeth!