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How to Keep Your Family Healthy This Winter

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:30 AM

We’re entering the germiest time of the year since more activities are moving indoors now that temperatures are falling, and pathogens proliferate in closed areas. With the cold and flu season upon us, not to mention the potential of falling ill from COVID-19, parents need to step up precautions for their kids. While you cannot supervise children 24/7, Lisa Leslie-Williams, B.S., Pharm.D., a pharmacist-turned healthy lifestyle expert, tells Newsmax that there are many things you can do to help ensure your family’s wellness.

“Because I’m juggling a busy career with being a homeschooling mom, I’ve been teaching my kids how to stay well,” she says. “They are learning that it’s easier to be proactive rather than reactive.”

Leslie-Williams suggests posting a white board on your refrigerator and writing down your recommendations so that everyone is reminded how to reduce their risk of illness. She offers these tips to include on your list:

  • Wash your hands. “No splash and dash allowed,” says Leslie-Williams. “Some moms teach their kids to sing the ABCs or the birthday song, but you could just put on some really good music and make it a fun time.”
  • Humidify the air. “Dry winter air can crack the skin in our nasal passages, enabling viruses and germs to enter the body and make us sick,” says the expert. “But a humidifier helps to keep indoor spaces moist. Be sure to clean it every five to seven days so it doesn’t grow bacteria.”
  • Juice up your immune system. A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods says that elderberry extract is an effective way to block viruses from entering, or even attaching to healthy cells. Researchers applied a serum made from elderberries directly onto cells before, during, and even after they had been infected with the influenza virus.

    “We found that the serum had a direct antiviral effect against the flu virus,” said lead researcher Dr. Golnoosh Torabian. You can buy Sambucol black elderberry extract in many forms, from juice drinks to gummies.

  • Clean or change air filters according to the schedule on filter packaging. “Also have your HVAC professionally cleaned at least twice a year to maintain good indoor air quality,” says Leslie-Williams.
  • Teach your children to use their own utensils and water bottles. “Help them keep their germs to themselves by labeling their water bottles so there is no confusion,” she added.

The healthcare expert, who is the founder of The Domestic Life Stylist, a health and wellness blog, says that moms also need to take care of themselves.

“Self-care is the foundation for the things that will help us thrive, and help our bodies do what we are intended to do,” she tells Newsmax. “Prioritize good nutrition and exercise and don’t skip your own health screenings. Stay on top of your health and be a good role model for your family.”

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We're entering the germiest time of the year since more activities are moving indoors now that temperatures are falling, and pathogens proliferate in closed areas. With the cold and flu season upon us, not to mention the potential of falling ill from COVID-19, parents need...
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