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Prevent the Cold and Flu Naturally

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washing your hands

Wash Your Hands Like Crazy

One of the simplest things you can do to prevent illness is wash your hands. A lot. You also want to avoid touching your face or putting your hands in your mouth. I’m lookin’ at you, nail-biters!

When a cold or the flu is going around, folks are coughing and sneezing into their hands, then touching things from money to doorknobs. You don’t need to obsessively use hand sanitizer, but frequent hand-washing can go a long way towards keeping those germs out of your system. If you do opt for a hand sanitizer during cold and flu season, just check the ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain triclosan. This chemical is terrible for public health and the environment, and it’s not necessary to kill cold and flu germs.

Cough Like a Vampire

Speaking of all of that coughing and sneezing, make sure you’re not spreading germs yourself by adopting the “vampire cough.” Rather than coughing into your hand, use the crook of your elbow to “catch” your cough or sneeze. Here’s a hilarious video showing you how to do the vampire cough:

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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2:37AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Thank you :)

1:59PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Please please places let us have articles on one page only.
How can we concentrate in what we read when we have a few words on each page , it drives me crazy......

5:00PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

sounds about right. But I thought adults were safe with up to no more than 4000 iu of vitamin D before toxicity?

11:33AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

thanks for this information

4:26PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for info.

12:43PM PST on Nov 29, 2011


11:50AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

good reminders! thanks

1:54PM PST on Nov 28, 2011


9:48PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Great advice! Thank you. Good health everyone!

7:34PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Thanks for the information,

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