Singer and Public Speakers: We all know that flu season is in full swing. Please see a few tips on staying healthy below;
1) Stay warm. Although getting cold doesn’t actually cause a cold or flu, being cold can reduce your stamina and make you feel miserable and fatigued. If your body feels cold and you have already been exposed to the flu or cold virus, your personal reaction to the cold may be enough to allow the flu or cold to take hold.
2) Black tea: People who drank 5 cups of black tea a day were found to have 10 times more interferon in their blood than those not drinking it. Interferon is a protein found in the blood that stops replication of virus in the body. So drink a few cups of black tea a day during flu season.
3) Yogurt: Yogurt is a probiotic. It aids in proper digestion and boost nutrient absorption in the body. This is a key to good health and a strong immune system.
4) Practice Good Hygiene: Wash hands thoroughly often! When you touch objects such as doorknobs, counters, etc., you pick up the germs of others. Also, if you must eat on the run, always have a hand sanitizer available.
5) Make sure to get adequate rest: Watch your agendas people. Make sure that you are not packing your schedule so much that you can’t get enough sleep at night. Sleep is your body’s way of regenerating itself. Inadequate sleep = a compromised immune system.
6) Exercise: Make time for some type of exercise regimen. This aids in keeping a strong immune system, healthy blood flow, and is a natural stress manager. Staying active is imperative to your vocal health, and your overall health. Your schedule may not allow you to go to a gym everyday, but anyone can take a brisk walk everyday, even if it is only 20 minutes.
7) Diet: You are what you eat. If you eat a lot of processed foods with no nutritional value, that is what your body has to go off of. Give your body what it needs.
8) Do your research: The more you know about an illness, the better your chances are of fighting it.
If you start not to feel well, contact your physician immediately.