With flu season around the corner and scare stories in the headlines, take a few steps to avoid the flu or at least lessen the symptoms and shorten the length of your agony.

1. Bake out toxins and boost your immune system by taking a sauna! Taking regular sauna baths will reduce cold symptoms and prevent their recurrence. A recent New York Times articled cited a 6 month study in which the group who went for regular sauna sessions caught flu fewer times than those who didn’t do any time in the sauna.  It was found, too, that those that caught a cold or flu suffered for a shorter time and had milder symptoms.

2. Avoid blowing your nose too hard! It is not a joke! When you blow your nose, the mucus can get up to the superior part of sinuses and stay there, blocking your airways and can lead to a sinus infection. The best method to get rid of a stuffy nose is to blow it slightly or to use a special nasal spray. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

3. Keep exercising! A recent study shows that flu doesn’t affect the lung functions or their ability to support physical activity. Even though you might not feel like it, keep up your physical activity. it seems that those who continue their fitness sessions recover as quickly as those who stop them, but they feel much better because the symptoms felt milder. It could be, too, that they felt like they were doing something positive for their body.

4. Avoid dry air except for the sauna! Studies show that the flu spreads faster in dry air. When absolute humidity is low (the amount of water from the air), the virus survives longer. If the air in your house is usually dry, buy a humidifier. You may not think this would be the case in rainy Seattle, but many people keep their homes closed up tight in the winter with the heat on high reducing humidity.

5. Avoid the cold! Your grandmother was right when she told you to wear an extra sweater and scarf to stave off the flu.  A group of volunteers kept their feet in very cold water in a recent study. After the experiment, they were more predisposed to flu than those who stayed away from the cold water. When blood vessels contract because of the cold, asymptomatic viruses multiply in the airways and flu symptoms start.

6. Sleep! In a recent study, people who slept less than 7 hours a night were 3 times more exposed to the risk of developing flu than those who sleep 8 hours or more. So, turn off the TV, put down that paperback thriller and get to bed early. Benjamin Franklin was right. Getting to bed early makes a man healthy and maybe wealthy without medical bills and certainly smug,

THE GOOD SWEAT starts with a Finnleo Sauna from Olympic Hot Tub Company.

Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

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