Healthy Practices to Keep You Cold & Flu Free

History of the Flu

Have you heard about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918? According to History.com, it was the deadliest in history, infecting an estimated 500 million people worldwide. At the time, that accumulated for about one-third of the planet’s population. It killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including 675,000 Americans. The never-before-seen 1918 flu strain was detected first in Europe, United Starts and parts of Asia before making its way around the world. Transport yourself to that time period and try to imagine having no effective drugs, vaccines or treatments for today’s flu let alone, back then.

What is the flu and how do you get it?

WebMD defines it as: Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses (Bad Nasties). The virus is spread through the air when a person coughs, sneezes, talks etc. You can also become infected by touching something with the virus already on it and then making contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. “Flu season” tends to run from late fall into early spring here in the United States.

Man infected with the influenza or flu virus

So if you’re asking yourself (trust us, you aren’t alone), “How do I protect myself and loved ones from germs and Bad Nasties?”, then here’s some healthy practices to keep you cold and flu free this year:

1. Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often using warm water and anti-bacterial soap for 15-20 seconds.
  • Avoid favorite destinations of germs and Bad Nasties like public restrooms, restaurants, airplanes, and hotels just to name a few.
  • Make it a habit to put on hand sanitizer. When used properly it can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs on skin – Get EQP minus 15% on these best selling sanitizers! Hurry offer ends 2/28/2018
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2. Diet

  • Eat fresh vegetables, meats and other unprocessed foods.
  • Cut out sugar. Did you know sugar can stifle your immune system for several hours after you eat it?
  • Support a healthy immune system by taking nutrition supplements.
  • Drink a proper amount of water.

3. Change Your Lifestyle

  • Exercise: choose a physical activity that’s fun and works for you.
  • Eliminate stress through meditation or yoga (this promotes good health).
  • Rest up. Never take for granted a good night’s sleep, 6-8 hours depending on you.
  • Go outside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

 

Take a Strike Against Cold and Flu Season

Each year everyone stresses the idea of protecting yourself in cold and flu season. But honestly does the flu affect us all? And the bigger picture is how do we protect ourselves?

The truth is 1 in 5 Americans get the flu each year. The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from influenza each year, 90% of which were under the age of 65.

People at high risk are children 6 months to 5 years old, pregnant women, anyone who lives with or cares for infants, health care workers, and adults over 50.

The combination of pneumonia and influenza is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.

Now that we know the facts, how do we protect ourselves?

Through endless research we have compiled a list of the best tips to prevent your exposure to the cold and flu this season.

  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! (for maximum vitamins and minerals)
  • Make sure your hands are clean. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with warm soapy water.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Get moving! Exercise boosts immune function.
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  • Decrease stress and meditate
  • Diffuse essential oils into the air (eucalyptus is a great option).
  • Be sure to sneeze properly (into your elbow).
  • If you get sick, stay home.
  • And the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

Be prepared to combat cold and flu germs throughout the day with a bottle of SnugZ hand sanitizer, available in a variety of scents and easy to carry bottles. Check out a few of our favorites like ZSCP or ZS19.

You never know when those germs will strike so keep SnugZ handy this season!

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

Prevent Flu Season From Starting with SnugZ

 

The leaves have fallen and the snow is approaching. But with the snow comes the bitter cold…cold and Flu season that is!

The peak of flu season starts in late November and ends in March. Based off of studies conducted by the CDC, (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), in the United States, on average, 5-20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications each year!

The main way influenza or “the flu” virus is spread from person to person is in respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes.

The best way to prevent getting the flu would be to get a flu vaccine. But protecting yourself in more ways than one is ideal.

Be sure to carry SnugZ hand sanitizer to combat germs throughout the day. Check out some popular favorites like ZSCP or ZS19.

You never know who’s touched that door handle, faucet, or hand you just shook. Be prepared with SnugZ!

Made in the USA

Here at SnugZ, we’re not quite sure if its baseball, hot dogs, fireworks, or that classic red, white and blue, but something about July makes us a little extra patriotic.

What else is patriotic? Buying products that are made right here in the good old U.S of A!

SnugZ is always bringing you the highest quality products made in the USA from hand crafted sunscreen, lip balms to sanitizers and mints.

There are also many other benefits to buying USA produced products including high speed production, US regulated labor conditions, health benefits, safety regulations and knowing that your dollars are being recycled through our economy, creating more local jobs for Americans. Pretty great, right?

We are proud to say that we only use the highest quality of ingredients, made in an FDA registered facility which allows customers to buy with greater confidence in the safety of our products. All our sunscreen products comply with all the new BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen laws and we are QCA compliant.

So grab a cold one, fire up the grill and represent your love for the stars and stripes with your favorite all American SnugZ products!

 

Sanitizer Savers

I can’t even tell you how many times I have been somewhere, at a function, a work event, movie theater, restaurant, etc., and I have wished I had my hand sanitizer with me! I don’t like to think of myself as a “germ-o-phobe,” but I do take notice of the person (who’s usually sitting behind me somewhere) that sneezes constantly or coughs without covering their mouth, or sneezes without using a hankie or even the sleeve of their elbow. Manners, people!!


Lucky for me, this sanitizer comes in these tiny little 1.9 oz bottles that are totally convenient for me to put in every bag that I have for any occasion. I can carry one in a fancy clutch to match my little black dress, or I can clip one onto my gym bag and breathe easy. Heading off to school, I don’t have to worry about taking my sanitizer out of my purse to put in my backpack, because it’s already there.  That’s what is so great about these little guys, you can have one with you at all times, and it’s the perfect companion for any event. I can’t control what other people do when they sneeze or cough (like striking them down with my “you should know better” stare), but I can whip out my hand sanitizer and rest assured that I killed any possible germs that might have made their way over to me.