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Five Things You Need to Stay Healthy During Cold & Flu Season


Tiffany Madison

I’m a germ-a-phobe. It’s all because of my mom, she’s a nurse. Do you know what germs look like under a microscope? My mom showed me when I was little and I’ve never forgotten!

GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE! I’m serious! Door handles, purses, keyboards, phones… ALL crawling with germs that could potentially make you sick! Usually, we can fight them off… But when we don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat healthily and a lack of other things, we weaken our immune system. This leaves us open for those little buggers (germs) to take over!

“Not getting enough sleep has been linked to a laundry list of mental and physical health problems, including those that stem from an impaired immune system. Our immune system is designed to protect us from colds, flu, and other ailments, but when it is not functioning properly, it fails to do its job. The consequences can include more sick days.”

So here’s my list of five things to keep you healthy and safe from falling prey to the nasty bug.




Flickr/WFIU Public Radio
Flickr/WFIU Public Radio


Get Your Flu Shot



Tiffany Madison
Tiffany Madison


Wash Your Hands!



This might sound crazy, but every time I get home from being out and about, I wash my hands as soon as I walk in the door. You never know what crazy things you picked up in our big germy world. Mayo Clinic says wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to water, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. (I keep a bottle on my desk!)


Tiffany Madison
Tiffany Madison


Stay Away From Sick People



Make your sick friends wear these masks. A pack of 20 is Wal-Mart are under $4. Also during cold and flu season, instead of exchanging a hardy hand shake, I enjoy a pleasant fist bump to avoid exchanging the germ super highway that’s on your pals’ palm.

Read the scary truth about what is living on your hands!


Tiffany Madison
Tiffany Madison


Take Your Vitamins



Many of us in the Treasure State don’t get enough vitamin D. So along with popping the vitamin C, make sure you are getting enough vitamin D. Read more about why vitamin D is so important to your health.


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