Ahhh… the season of love, lip-locking and germ sharing… as this season’s flu is reaching epidemic proportions, it’s important to not only take care of yourself but to take measures to prevent the spread of the virus and other nasty bugs that seem more prevalent than Valentine’s Day store displays. In an effort to promote health and wellness for you and your family, we have a few tips to help you stay healthy this season.

    1. Get your flu shot – Nike has it right – just do it. The flu can be especially dangerous for children, especially those under the age of three or who have chronic conditions such as asthma, so getting a flu shot – even a ‘less effective’ vaccine – can help mitigate the impact of the virus and prevent death – yes, death. This year’s strain – H3N2 has been particularly brutal. And, while scientists can’t predict with absolutely certainty which strain will prevalent the following year, this year’s flu shot does offer protection against the H3N2 strain in addition to several others.
    2. Get some rest – We all get it. Things need to get done. But depriving your body of sleep is detrimental to your health – your heart health and your immune system – which gets a needed boost when you get your z’s. Your body needs to be in good condition to fight off viruses, so get your recommended 7 – 8 hours each night.
    3. Chicken soup is not just good for your soul – Mom was right. Chicken soup – especially mom’s homemade variety – is packed with essential vitamins and nutrient that help promote health, wellness and give your immune system a boost. It may also provide some decongestive relief and any and all liquids are essential to flushing your system and preventing dehydration, which is especially common with the flu. So, go for a bowl of chicken noodle soup and drink plenty of water and fluids when fighting the flu.
    4. Stave off stress – It isn’t a coincidence that most people seem to fall ill after dealing with stress. Your brain and your immune system have a unique relationship, which means that psychological upsets can affect your immune system and result in physical symptoms. If you or your child are dealing with a particularly stressful event, we can help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, get some rest and maybe enjoy a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

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