Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
Hand sanitizers are OK for immediate urgent clean-ups but they can dry out your skin too much so use them judiciously. Proper hand washing is the best way to go, and by “proper” I mean at least 20 seconds of vigorous scrubbing with soap and hot water.
Avoid touching your face.
This is a tough one for many people; I know I touch my face unconsciously many times each day. It’s important though because viruses attack your body by entering through the moist surfaces of your eyes, nose and mouth. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover a cough or a sneeze rather than your hand. Disinfect surfaces at home or the office by spraying water that contains some rubbing alcohol and an essential oil such as lavender, tea tree or thyme.
Maintain your hydration level.
Those moist surfaces that are the points of entry for viruses are at their weakest when they are dry, so keep them healthy by maintaining your hydration level. Make sure you’re drinking your 2 liters of water per day, and use a humidifier at home and work – even just a cup of water sitting on your desk can add to the ambient humidity.
Deploy the Nutritional Standbys
Winter is hard on our bodies, and a little nutritional support can make a big difference to how well our immune systems function. Some key items at this time of year are Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and zinc. Check with your MD, ND or pharmacist before taking any supplements and ensure your diet is packed with these nutrient sources:
Beef, bell peppers, broccoli, herring, lamb, mackerel, mushrooms, salmon, sardines, scallops, spinach, strawberries and tuna
My holiday wishes for you: that you ward off any viral beasties that come your way, and that any infections that do occur are minor and brief.