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It is normal to get a fever, cough, or cold once in awhile. However, bacteria and viruses can really throw your whole household for a loop, especially now in these times. It is imperative that you take steps to wash hands, disinfect surfaces, and also take vitamins that boost your immune system as well. But overall smart habits that help boost your immune system start at home.
Therefore, boost your family’s immune system by doing these smart habits:
- Washing Hands
There’s no doubt that washing your hands is paramount in fighting germs, especially after touching another person’s hands, surfaces, before your eat, after you eat, and all those in between times during your day when handling raw food. Washing your hands help fight bacteria, therefore it is a key factor in fighting germs/bacteria and overall your immune system.
- Consuming Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals, as well as other nutrients to boost your family’s health. Having them in your daily menu will prevent your loved ones from infection.
Consuming supplements that boost your immunity can aid in getting those needed nutrients that may not be covered by just eating them, so this is where vitamin c, vegetable and fruit supplements, elderberry and overall supplementation come into play. Not everyone will agree with me, regarding taking immune boosting supplements, but for our family it has really helped keep us from getting sick during the winter/fall months, especially when the kids were in school full time around other students. Just an added layer of protection from the elements.
- Having Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to the decline of body’s immunity. Taking a nap everyday is a good way to catch up on sleep you missed during the night and depending on your family’s schedule it doesn’t hurt to encourage them to take a nap as well, so that they also get enough sleep overall. This also applies to younger children, although they may refuse it, putting them to bed earlier helps them stay healthy.
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Families that play together are healthier. So having your family take a walk outside at a nearby park or just simply walking around your neighborhood increases endurance. Playing soccer, hiking, and swimming are examples of activities I have done with my own family, weather permitting and we have all had so much fun as well as create lifelong memories.
- Saying No to Tobacco
Smoking is so unhealthy. The smoke is even more damaging. If your family or any other adults in the house smoke, better let go of that bad habit for the sake of your lungs and overall health.
Simple habits, right? Having a healthy immune system is important for your overall fitness and I assure you that once your habits of healthier living and choices kick in, you will see a drop in colds and flu go down in your household. Stay safe and Healthy out there and have an awesome day!
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Mandu Usoro is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, experienced homeschooler and US Army Veteran with a BS Degree in Social Work and AA Degrees in Psychology as well as Health Care Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, advocating for her special needs son and writing for fun and inspiration. You can get in touch with her on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and at https://www.homeschoolspecneedstidbits.com/contact-us
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