Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Keeping the Sniffles Out of Your House - Preventing the Spring Cold

As a runner I have a some common fears which include shin splints, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. But as a mother and runner my biggest fear is the flu (even a cold). It's just my luck, the moment Mother Nature graces us with beautiful weather I get a phone call at work about MG being sick. I spent my lunch time searching "Spring Flu", "Preventing Flu", and "toddler colds". How is a mom to deal? From my findings in my Google research and my personal experience, here are some tips on making sure you prevent or beat the spring flu.

Eat Foods that Fight the Flu and Common Cold
There are some good flu fighting foods out there. They include foods rich in calcium (vitamin D is good at helping fight germs), vitamin C enriched fruits and veggies (oranges and red bell peppers), green tea (helps relieve inflammation), berries full of antioxidants (blueberries and strawberries), and healthy carbohydrates (full of zinc).

Take Everyday Precautions
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze.
- Stay away from touching your face (mouth, nose, and eyes).
- If your child is sick DON'T SEND THEM TO SCHOOL! If you are sick stay home from work.
-Disinfect. Germs can live up to three hours on objects, so if you have a sick child clean door handles, toys, and anything else your child may have touched, sneezed on, or licked.

One of the easiest ways to combat the cold and flu is to stay healthy.  If you are not feeling sick try not to skip your workout. If you start to feel sick transfer your workout routine to your house and complete what you can comfortably do in your current condition.

Get Fresh Air
Since the weather is warmer, open your windows to let some fresh air in. It will help energize everyone stuck indoors. If you and the kids are up for a walk, take one. Just make sure you stay away from other children and playgrounds. Sometimes fresh air is exactly what a sick family needs.

I wish everyone a cold/flu free spring!

Carin Gorrell (March 13, 2012). 10 Best Foods to Fight Off Your Spring Cold and Flu. Posted on ABC News

1 comment:

  1. Having young children seems to result in lots of colds and flus at home. The good news is, after they started full day school, they didn't get sick (and neither did I!) as much. Perhaps better hygiene? LOL