Preventing the Cold and Flu at Work
In our February Newsletter, you will find some tips for preventing the cold and flu at work, important dates to remember, some little known Black History Month facts, and a quick and easy recipe to whip up for the Super Bowl!
Flu season reaches its peak in February!
If the flu hasn’t invaded your office yet, it’s only a matter of time. Keep your workplace sickness & germ-free with these doctor’s tips on preventing the cold and flu at work from health.com:
• Sip tea— Drink hot black or green tea with lemon and honey. Drinking the tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus, and honey is antibacterial
• Eat your protein— Research shows that diets that are too low in protein can deplete the immune system.
• Sanitize your space—Clean everything that gets touched by lots of people—microwaves, fax-machine keys, doorknobs, elevator buttons, armrests—with a good disinfectant at least once a week.
• Call it a day— Double down on trying to get enough sleep, even if it’s just a power nap on a plane. Research shows that our bodies need 7-8 hours of sleep in order to stimulate an immune response from our ‘natural killer cells,’ which attack viruses.
• Wipe down your phone—Most of us have our phones with us everywhere these days. We are always setting it down on random surfaces too. It should be cleaned with a sanitizing wipe regularly to reduce the spread of germs.
• Pamper your nose—Dr. Jeffrey Demain recommends doing a daily nasal rinse with a bulb syringe to flush out viruses and help clear secretions. You can buy nasal saline irrigation at the drugstore, or make your own: Mix 3 teaspoons iodide-free salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Add 1 teaspoon of this mixture to 1 cup distilled or cooled boiled water.
Little Known Black History Facts
Claudette Colvin Came Before Rosa Parks – In 1955 Claudette was 15 and attending a segregated school in Montgomery, Alabama. After studying about Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tub-man, she stood her ground and would not move to the back of the bus when asked. She was arrested and thrown in jail, but she was one of four women who helped successfully overturn the bus segregation laws in court.
Most of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” Speech Was Improvised – Dr. King worked on his speech the night before with his group of trusted advisors, but according to one of them, the original speech was more political and didn’t include references to any dreams. As he stood at the podium, he pushed his notes aside and spoke from the heart.
Esther Jones Was The Inspiration for Betty Boop – ”Baby” Esther Jones was a Black jazz singer that performed in Harlem in the 1920’s. She was known for using “boops” and other childlike sounding scats as a part of her vocal style.
One in Four Cowboys Was Black – The wild west was where many slaves escaped in hopes of freedom and wages. According to PBS.org, these African Americans made up at least 1/4 of the legendary cowboys who lived danger-ous lives facing weather, rattlesnakes, and out-laws while they slept under the stars driving cattle herds to market.
Try this quick and easy recipe for the Super Bowl!