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How to Avoid the Flu and the Common Cold

Educated Latina


It’s that time of the year again! The return of the Flu and Cold season. Those little germs mean business and they are coming for you. Follow these tips and the Flu and Common Cold won’t come knocking on your door.

1) Exercise

We all know exercise has so many benefits like improving your mood, controlling your weight, relieving stress and increasing your energy. It also helps your body fight disease and sickness. Definitely pencil in some kind of physical activity in your day.  You won’t regret it.

2) Cleanliness

As the saying goes, “Cleanliness is close to Godliness,” and for good reason. Not only does studying in a clean room or dorm help you focus, it also keeps the germs away. I like using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to kill the germs on my computer keyboard, phone, as well as tables and counters. It’s also a good idea to carry around some anti-bacterial soap available at places like Bath and Body Works. Their hand sanitizers smell good, are inexpensive and come in festive colors in time for the Christmas season.

Don’t forget to wash your hands with warm soap and water! It’s always your best bet.

3) Get more Sleep

Studies have shown that we need 7 or more hours of sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now I know it’s hard to achieve, being that students are the “All-Nighter  Queens and Kings.” However, getting less sleep leaves your immune system susceptible to sickness because you’re not giving it enough time to recover.

How  can you fit in more hours of sleep? One of my favorite personal mottos:  Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Practicing proper time management will help you prioritize papers, reading, and activities, leaving you more time for sleep. Thus decreasing the famous “All Nighter.”

4) Take a Multivitamin

Popping a multivitamin every day has great benefits such as improving memory, concentration and boosting the immune system, exactly what every college student needs!  Check out this informative page on Arizona State University’s website on how to choose a multivitamin.

5) Drink Lots of Water

Food. Water. Shelter. The basic elements needed for human survival.  Water is important for your body, so make sure you are drinking lots of it. Downing too much coffee and alcohol dehydrates your body and makes it easier for sickness to creep up on you. The solution: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

It’s a good idea to maintain these healthy habits not just for the season but to prevent other sicknesses you may encounter on campus like Mono, Meningitis, and Strep.


How do you avoid the flu and common cold? Share your tips below!






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