Tips for Staying Healthy in Atlanta | Broadstone Midtown – Health care is important and no one likes getting sick. Staying healthy and avoiding the spread of the flu, common colds, and other illnesses is easy if you know what to do! Check out these necessary tips on prevention and protection to keep you and your family safe in Atlanta.
With the global outbreak of COVID-19, aka the Coronavirus, everyone is wondering what they can do to stay safe and avoid contracting or spreading viral diseases. While we are not disease prevention experts, if you plan to still grocery shop, dine out, work in the public, and continue your daily routine, adapt these practices to keep yourself and others safe during this unprecedented cold and flu season.
Boosting Your Immune System
Boosting your immune system is one of the first steps you can take to stay healthy, and avoid common colds by giving your body what it needs to fight off any illnesses. While Emergen-C and Airborne are tasty, they do not offer enough Vitamin D to help prevent and protect yourself. Promising studies have shown that high dose Vitamin D supplements can give your immune system the boost it needs. Atlanta has some great vitamin and health food stores where you can purchase these supplements. Check out Good Nutrition, Peach Vitamins, and The Vitamin Shoppe. Other ways to keep your immune system strong are limiting stress, avoiding alcohol, and making sure you get plenty of sleep and water!
Everyone knows that washing your hands is good practice all year long, but during cold and flu season, it is essential. Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap for no less than 20 seconds. Check out this great list of songs for you and your kids to sing while hand washing. In addition to washing your hands, avoid hugs, handshakes and using your fingertips. Use your knuckles when possible, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and try to stand 3-6 feet away from people when possible. Pay attention to warning signs, wipe down surfaces with antibacterial wipes after every use, and keep hand sanitizer and soap handy at all times. The CDC has a list of prevention tips that are definitely worth checking out!
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
It’s no secret that there is a shortage of hand sanitizer, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to make! All you’ll need is 1 cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol, ½ cup of aloe vera gel (natural or store-bought), and 15 drops of tea tree oil (or another antibacterial essential oil). Combine all the ingredients into a medium-sized container with a spout. Hand mixing these together is simply not enough, so pull out that whisk and use it to mix the ingredients until it is one harmonious gel. Consider shopping local to support small businesses and visit local nurseries in the Atlanta area to find an aloe plant. Pike Nurseries and Garden Hood are great shops to check out.
Stay Healthy, Atlanta!
Atlanta and the surrounding area is thriving with resources to help your focus on your health. If you want more info on everything you can do, check out trusted resources like WHO, The CDC, and your local news.
We want to see all that you are doing at home in Broadstone Midtown to stay healthy. Snap a photo and tag us on Facebook and Instagram with your homemade recipes, and activities to stay busy if you are having to stay home. Check our blog often for more inspiration for vibrant living in Midtown Atlanta.