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The Best Way To Fight Off Germs

Being sick is no fun. Your best line of defense against colds, flu and infections is to avoid contact with anyone or anything that could spread germs. But, since thatís virtually impossible and highly impractical, a strong immune system is your next best bet.

Healthy people seldom get sick. And when they do, they generally donít get as sick as those who donít take care of their health. So, if you want to stay as healthy as possible, you need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Eat a diet high in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods (like poultry and fish) and low in animal fats, sugars, processed carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine. Drink 8 or more glasses of pure water each day to flush out toxins. Walk for at least two or three hours a week at a moderate 3 mph pace. And be sure to get plenty of rest.

Most colds and viruses are spread directly. Whether youíre healthy or not, make sure you wash your hands after contact with anything used by the public. Washing germs off is a major step in helping to prevent infection. When an infected person sneezes onto their hand and then touches a door knob, a telephone or any object thatís going to be touched by someone else, they spread germs. Washing is paramount in preventing infection.

For best results, when you wash your hands, use warm, soapy water and wash thoroughly for at least twenty seconds. Avoid ďantibacterialĒ products, since they only encourage the growth of resistant bacteria. And, whenever possible, use a disposable towel to dry your hands.

Also, learn to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth where germs can easily enter your body. If you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, donít muffle it with your hand. Use a tissue and then throw it away immediately.

When you combine a healthy lifestyle with good common sense cleanliness, you can avoid or fight off most of the germs going around. Prevention is the key. By taking responsibility and establishing good healthy habits, itís possible to protect yourself from harmful germs that cause infections, colds, flu and viruses. Itís worth it. Being well is much more fun than being sick.

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