When it comes to sickness and health, prevention is always better than a cure. Keeping yourself and your family from getting sick is also a way to save money big time on the long run, because prevention is better than healing.
How to strengthen the defenses of the entire family and stay fit
I usually survive the fall unscathed. Yes, even the winter can often not harm me. But as soon as spring arrives at least it seems to me, it still catches me: the flu or any other nasty cold that lasts to all evil even for a felt eternity.
Over the years, I have collected a few practical tips and tricks to help you survive the cold winter and spring months. The main thing is to strengthen the immune system and thus the immune system ensure that the disease – if it catches you – doesn’t get you quite as severe. While it isn’t 100% prevention, it does help significantly.
1 – Fresh air and exercise
Outdoor exercise is healthy throughout the year. That’s why I recommend that you first go out even when it’s cold. Also, remember to ventilate your home regularly. After all, fresh air not only makes you feel better, it also strengthens the immune system and gets the circulation going right up.
2 – Healthy food
It is no secret that you should eat healthy and always remember vitamins. In the cold, especially vitamin C has been reinforced because it can penetrate quickly into the cells and acts there as radical scavengers. Surely there is a fruit variety rich in vitamins that your family will enjoy. How about, for example, with oranges, pomelos or kiwis?
Of course, the same applies to your favorite vegetables. For example, red cabbage, kohlrabi and broccoli are especially good for vitamin C. Normally, a handful of fruits and vegetables is enough during the day for children, a smaller hand will make it!. In some special cases, for example if you have food allergies and intolerance’s, in addition to your diet you should consider recommended dietary supplements. But as a general rule that should always apply, do not eat too one-sided.
Incidentally, garlic and onions are particularly valuable for your immune system, as they can have an antiviral and anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It is not for nothing that onions are used, for example, as onion juice.
3 – Wash hands regularly
Regular hand washing is an absolute non plus ultra during the cold period. If you soap the whole hand also between the fingers and on the back of the hand this reduces the number of bacteria considerably! PH neutral soap is optimal as it does not irritate the skin unnecessarily.
4 – Sleep well
If you sleep enough, you can prevent an infection. Not only children who sleep too little are more susceptible to disease. Finally, the body has to recover. In addition, our immune system is particularly active during sleep. Seven to eight hours are considered a good basis for adults.
5 – Hydration is key to prevention
Remember to drink enough liquid. After all, the colds are usually about the mucous membranes, which should remain as resistant as possible. When the moist protective film dries out on the mucous membrane by the heating air, it can more quickly cause the viruses to attack successfully. That’s why parents should always have a bottle of water with them. Herbal teas, freshly pressed fruit juices and warm soups also work just as well.
6 – Prevention thorugh the onion principle
You should always dress appropriately for the weather. When it’s cold outside, that’s even more true. Sometimes that can be a real challenge. After all, you should neither freeze nor sweat when you’re on the move. Therefore, the onion look is particularly good. Wear several pieces of clothing one on top of the other and take off if necessary. Examples include: underwear, T-shirt, long shirt, thin pullover, thick sweater, fleece jacket, warm and water repellent jacket. Depending on whether you are inside or outside, the individual layers can be put on or taken off. Incidentally, it always pays to have a thin hat with you. This should also be the case in the fall or during spring as an excellent protection against the common cold.
7 – Do not overdo hygiene
A child needs contact with fungi, bacteria and viruses. So it is possible to train the immune system regularly. Excessive hygiene can even harm children. The immune system must first learn to develop. Mum and dad should therefore not clean everything and disinfect completely. From the moment a child begins to put it all in the mouth, it also regularly comes into contact with germs, which in turn can immensely strengthen the body’s defenses. Pets also have a very positive influence on the children’s immune system.
By the way, one or the other cold keeps the immune system busy! Whoever being never ill, even harms his immune system, because his immune system can not develop further. So, stay positive – even with a cold!
8 – Do not use medication immediately at elevated temperature
Sadly, parents often make this mistake, but if you have a fever, you should not take medication right away. In the case of a mild infection, it is quite normal for the body temperature to rise, the standard values being up to 38.5 ° C. In this case, only high temperature, and not fever is mentioned. When the body raises the temperature, it defends itself against the pathogens. Therefore, one should give the body the time to fight against bacteria or viruses instead of immediately lowering the temperature. Of course, the prerequisite for this is that there are no other symptoms and that the patient is doing well in the circumstances.
People often underestimate how expensive it can get when you get really sick and this can really ruin your plans of financial freedom and thus early retirement. Therefore, they should do everything they can to keep themselves and their families fit and strengthen the immune system so as to ensure as best as possible that no major health problems will seriously damage their financial situation long term.
I would love to hear your opinion on the subject and I invite you to share your ideas on sickness prevention, and cost-effective family health.