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Speak Up: How Do You Avoid Getting Sick?

Washing your hands and not drinking from other people's glasses are obvious ways to avoid germs. Since those little buggers are everywhere and swine flu and other awful illnesses are on our minds this season, tell me the creative ways you steer clear of coming in contact with germs to avoid getting sick.

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lighthouselady lighthouselady 7 years
good nutrition, vitamins, Organic apple cider vinegar, honey, sleep and exercise.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
As for me, I like to: -Get plenty of sleep -Eat well -Exercise -Every day, use a neti pot (irrigate my nose to remove allergens and germs) -Thoroughly brush and sanitize my mouth after every meal (I think this kills a lot of bacteria/germs in my mouth throughout the day) Seriously, I can't remember the last time I was sick. It must have been years ago. Incidentally, I've been around sick people, and I never catch their cold. I've even been around people with the swine flu, and I didn't get sick.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Well. I don't clean my workspace or desk weekly. I don't stay away from sick people. (I work in a hotel, staying away from sick people is near impossible) I don't eat that well and I don't work out nearly as much as I should. Yet I only get sick once or twice a year and usually it's just a sinus infection that's gone within five days. My secret? My parents let me eat sand, pick up insects and play in the dirt as a kid, so I grew an immunity to most nasties. When I do get sick I take Echinacea, sleep in and eat tons and tons of veggie soup.
mek123 mek123 7 years
Workout Wash my hands Eat lots of fruits and vegetables Try to get enough sleep I did get a cold last week but only lasted a few days; I was healthy enough to fight it off.
angelina8023 angelina8023 7 years
Wash my hands Vitamin C Workout Stay away from sick people:)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm a microbiologist and I work in a hospital full of sick people, but I haven't been sick since 2001. Here are my rules-- 1) Exercise every day to stimulate your body's immune response 2) Eat lots of fruits and veggies and yogurts to build up a good intestinal flora. Most of your body's immune system is in your keeping it full of "good" bugs, the bad ones can't grow. 3) I'm not a germophobe. I do wash my hands frequently, but I don't obsess about sanitizing my bathroom or kitchen. Honestly, it's healthier to expose your body to the innocuous germs that are around the house than to kill them all so that your body doesn't recognize them when they do come in contact with it. 4) I get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, but usually 7-8.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
I'm with most of you guys, I rarely get sick, and I think it's because I sleep well, exercise a lot, drink tons of water, and wash my hands often. I never put food in my mouth unless I've washed my hands
xtinabeena xtinabeena 7 years
I hardly ever get sick. I attribute this to: -Exercising a lot -Eating well -Staying hydrated -Sleeping enough (this is the one that I need to improve the most)
oceanchica oceanchica 7 years
I take Echinacea for a few weeks every 2 months or so to boost my immune system. Drink lots of water and juice and eat a well-balanced diet. Wrap up in the warm, I'm never without a scarf as I used to be prone to sore throats. I take a multivitamin every day. If hubby gets sick, we sleep in separate rooms! I am sick much less now that I live in the UK, in the US I was sick 3-4 times a year, here it's usually once or twice a year now and for much less time overall.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
Exercise. It helps your body cope with stress. Eat well. Give your body the energy to fight illness. Don't touch your face. Ever. If you HAVE to, use the back of your hand. Wash hands prior to eating. Relax. Life is full of germs, you can't avoid it all the time, so let your immune system stay in fighting condition.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. I wash my hands only after using the bathroom, being at the gym, or before eating food. I really do believe that over washing/using anti-bacterial spray constantly will only hurt you. I haven't been sick (aside from occasional allergies) in years.
zawackirz zawackirz 7 years
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 7 years
If I'm faced with having to shake hands with someone, I wash them immediately after. I also try to eat lots of fruits and veggies, take a vitamin, and if I feel like I'm getting sick, I take it easy and get lots of sleep that night. When I go to the gym, I bring my own towel and disinfect machines and equipment before I use them. And when I go to yoga, I bring my own mat (who knows what germs are lurking on used studio mats).
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I get eight hours of sleep a night and eat a well-balanced diet supplemented by a multivitamin. That's all; i never get sick!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I wash my hands like a maniac
Leene Leene 7 years
- Wash hands all the time. Every few hours at least. When I come home, I wash them immediately. - Sleep enough. Though I have been lacking in sleep lately. - I eat lot's of blueberries, fruits and other foods which give vitamins etc. I usually only drink tea (green, ginger and rooibos) and water. Since I started to eat mainly vegetarian food (12 months ago), I haven't really been sick, so I think that has had something to do with it. - I avoid touching sick people :)
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I work in a school, so I'm surrounded by germs all day. I use clorox wipes in my office and at home. I take a multivitamin every monring and a vitamin C every night. I use hand santizer throughout the day and wash my hands when possible. I drink lots of water and I use a neti pot once a day. I also drink green tea for the antioxidants and try as much as possible to exercise and eat healthy.
SweetlyBlessed SweetlyBlessed 7 years
I do several things: - drink orange juice every morning without fail (build up immune system) - wash hands throughout the day and when I'm out, use the anti-bacterial sprays that come in convenient size pens - wipe down my work area once a week (you never know who is at your desk when you're not in the office) with lysol wipes (I do this for door areas and door handles at home too) - no kissy face with anyone that is sick - if dishes have been sitting in sick before I get around to washing them, I add a splash of bleach to the water - I soak all eating utensils in boiling hot water off the stove before washing them - PRAY (lol)
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