Sunday, December 9, 2007

Put the freeze on winter colds and flu

Here at Graffiti Pink, we're all about helping you look fabulous throughout the holiday season. But puffy eyes, runny nose, and swollen sinuses? Ain't nobody rocking that look, honey. Fortunately, a few simple strategies can help you keep winter colds and flu at bay to stay feeling—and looking—fabulous throughout the season.

The single most effective cold/flu prevention method is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Think about all the surfaces you touch in public areas every day—doorknobs, elevator buttons, phones, coffee pots, refrigerator doors—then consider that germs can survive on any surface for 2 hours or more. A thorough hand-washing lasts 15 to 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice) with soap under warm-to-hot water. And keep antibacterial gel handy for times when you can't get to a sink.

Another effective prevention method involves what you put into your body. Remember to drink plenty of water; this will help the body flush out germs and toxins more efficiently. Also, foods that are rich in natural vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids can bolster your immune system and help you send viruses packing. Some flu-fighting superstars include spinach, bell peppers, blueberries, cranberries, tomatoes, turkey, salmon, sweet potatoes, low-fat yogurt, nuts, and beans.

Finally, don't neglect your exercise routine. Regular aerobic exercise intensifies the delivery of nutrient-rich blood to all areas of the body, promotes toxin flushing through perspiration, and helps increase your count of virus-killing cells.

When it comes to winter colds and flu, the best defense is a good offense—and a little proactive prevention can keep you healthy all season long.


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