Hand Washing

Hand Washing:  This is the #1 most important thing.  In the late 1840s, doctors finally discovered they needed to wash their hands to prevent the spread of infectious disease in hospitals.  Can you imagine?  Previous to that time, it wasn’t considered necessary.  But now we certainly know better.  Thank goodness!  The best hand washing method is to use warm water with soap and rub your hands together all over (front and back and in between fingers and under nails) for at least 15 seconds.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Don’t touch your face, especially with unwashed hands.  Touching your face – especially around the mouth, nose, or eyes – can allow infectious germs to be transferred, via the mucous membranes in those areas, into your body and make you sick.

Get Fresh Air

Viruses and bacteria also travel in the air.  Being in enclosed rooms with lots of people increases the risk of spreading these infectious organisms.  Make sure to open windows and air out your house, classroom, and/or workplace from time to time.

Increase Sleep

Sleep can make or break your health.  Getting enough quality sleep is a potent immune booster. Each person’s sleep needs can be variable, but the average 8 hours per night still stands as a good target.

Reduce Stress

High stress levels lower your immune function. The end of leisurely summer fun and the return to the routine and pressures of school may create stress for parents and kids alike.  If this rings true for your family, simply be aware and remember to balance things by continuing to make space for both fun activities and relaxation time.  Exercise, laughter, and connecting with family and friends are all great ways to reduce stress and boost your immune system.

Avoid the Biggest Immune-Destroying Food

It’s a well-proven fact – SUGAR lowers immune function.  Almost immediately after eating sugar, the body’s infection-fighting white blood cell numbers drop.  And this immune suppressing effect can last for many hours afterwards.  Minimizing or eliminating sugar intake altogether is a powerful technique for staying healthy and strong.