tips to avoid the flu this season

Tips for Avoiding the Flu this Season

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The Centers for Disease Control reports that flu season begins around October and November, with it peaking in December and January. Being ahead of the game can help you and your family avoid coming down with the dreadful virus. Your Nashville dentist has provided you with some tips to help you avoid getting the flu this year.

Clean and Sanitize

One of the easiest ways to catch the flu is by touching something that was touched by an infected person. Believe it or not, but germs can survive on surfaces much longer than you may realize. Protect yourself and your loved ones by cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home or that you come in contact with regularly. Remember to sanitize areas such as doorknobs, light switches, toys, and faucets.

Wash Hands

This age-old advice will never go out of style! Wash your hands often to remove germs you collect throughout the day or especially after you have come in contact with someone who is sick. It is best to use warm water and soap to wash the backs of your hands, palms, and even under your fingernails. If you are unable to wash your hands be sure to use hand sanitizer.

Avoid Touching Your Face

According to the CDC, germs are transferred and enter another person’s body via the face including the eyes, mouth, and nose. These areas of the face are essentially a direct route for germs to enter your body. Avoid touching your face or wash your hands thoroughly before doing so. Also, if you are sick, it is a good idea to avoid touching your face as to prevent spreading germs.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet can keep you in optimal health and support a healthy immune system to ward off infections. Be sure to get plenty of fruits and veggies, as well as enough protein to keep your muscles strong. Studies reveal that a diet that lacks sufficient protein can lead to a vulnerable immune system.

Stay Hydrated

By this, we mean stay hydrated with water. Never mind that soda you crave for your afternoon pick-me-up, it is not a sufficient method of hydration. Instead, water helps hydrate your cells and keeps white blood cells healthy and ready to attack bad germs. Plus, your Nashville dentist will be happy, too!

Get Plenty of Rest

We all need sleep, no doubt, but to keep your immune system healthy, you need quality sleep every night. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, as well as aim to get between 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Resist the urge to sleep in on the weekends, as this can throw off your sleep pattern and end up making you more tired in the long run.


Even taking short strolls during lunch or opting for the stairs instead of the elevator can help raise your heart rate and keep your immune system healthy and strong. Exercising also helps stimulate the brain and improves mood! Plus, you may even help shed those extra pounds you have wanted to get rid of for ages.

Oral Care in Nashville

Avoid the flu this season by sticking to these helpful tips! Taking care of your body is essential to your health. In addition, taking care of your mouth is as equally important in fighting off inflammation and other chronic diseases. To learn more about oral health care in Nashville, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.