Written by Stacey Kelleher.
Flu season is upon us. And according to the Mayo Clinic, between 5 - 20% of people will get the flu every year. This viral infection isn’t just inconvenient and unpleasant –– the flu can be downright dangerous for pregnant women, senior citizens, and people with compromised immune systems.
Here are some tips to stay healthy and avoid the flu this season.
When an infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes, the flu virus spreads in microscopic droplets that then travel through the air. In addition to breathing them in, we come into contact with them on door handles, keyboards, and phones. The flu enters our system whenever we transfer those droplets to our nose and mouth.
From adapting to the harmless germs we come into contact with to identifying (and attacking) not-so-friendly bacteria and viruses, our immune systems have an important job.
When your immune system is compromised, your body is less able to fight off these bad germs. The colder temperatures of the winter months are just one of many reasons why your immune system might be compromised.
The most common hypotheses as to why humans are more susceptible to the flu during cooler months are:
Because early flu symptoms may seem like a common cold, this virus is often overlooked as a culprit. The most common symptoms of the flu include:
Though it’s not 100% effective, the Mayo Clinic recommends the influenza vaccine as the best defense against the flu. In addition to the flu shot, there are many things you can do every day to avoid the flu and stay healthy this winter:
Beyond these practical tips for avoiding illness, taking care of yourself will boost your immune system and help you fight sickness. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, exercise, eat right, and manage your stress to stay healthy throughout the year.
Keeping your home clean and virus-free is an essential part of preventing the spread of influenza. Puracy’s natural, plant-based cleaners kill germs – all without harsh chemicals.
Puracy Natural Liquid Hand Soap should be a staple next to every sink in your home. Available in three fresh, naturally-derived scents, our gentle-yet-effective formulas wash away dirt and germs without stripping the skin’s natural moisture. The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds – about the same amount of time it takes to say the alphabet.
When you are away from home (or aren’t near a sink), the next best germ-fighter is Puracy Foaming Hand Sanitizer. Alcohol-free and fragrance-free, this natural hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of common household germs in just 15 seconds. This tiny bottle cleans an unbelievable 600 hands, too, which is bad news for all of the germs you’re bound to encounter this winter.
Unlike alcohol-based hand sanitizers that strip the skin of essential moisture and good bacteria, Puracy natural foaming hand sanitizers clean messy hands while moisturizing at the same time.
Once your hands are washed and sanitized, it’s time to tackle your household surfaces. Our Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is great for everything from counters to glass to stainless steel. Full of renewable, plant-based ingredients, our surface cleaners eliminate the need for a bucket full of products and save you money.
For all the surfaces your children come in contact with, try Puracy Natural Baby Multi-Surface Cleaner. Non-toxic and developed by Ph. D. chemists, this multi-tasking wonder is perfect for highchairs, car seats, strollers, and toys. Because there’s no residue left behind on surfaces, it’s ideal for everything your child crawls on, touches, and even licks!
With good habits and Puracy natural products, you have everything you need to avoid the flu and keep your family healthy this season. Explore our entire collection of personal care and home products to keep your entire home naturally clean all year long!
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