We all know that washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough helps prevent spreading disease, but Globe University-La Crosse medical assistant program students go beyond just the basics to help keep patients healthy.
Putting their skills in action, medical assistant students Jackie and Gabrielle visited a Gundersen Health ExpressCare Clinic to administer flu vaccinations to patients. As part of their service learning project, the students also provided great tips to community members to keep them healthy during the cold and flu season. Check out these little known tips:
1. Don’t Drink Orange Juice for Vitamin C
Getting vitamin C is a great way to maintain health and fight a cold. However, orange juice isn’t the best source of vitamin C. Orange juice contains sugar which is bad to consume when you’re ill; it can actually weaken our immune system. Much better sources of vitamin C include broccoli, pineapple, strawberries, bell peppers, and, of course, oranges. Eating those fruits and veggies raw will provide you with much more health benefits than orange juice.
2. Wash Your Fruits and Veggies
After you stock up on those vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, make sure to wash them. At the grocery store, shoppers many touch, and sneeze on, the fruits and veggies before you buy them. To clean your produce, wash them in cold, clean water. You can use a brush or soak them but avoid soaps and detergents. You can also use distilled water as its contaminants have been removed.
3. Wear Winter Gloves Inside
Gloves keep you warm when you’re outside and they protect you from germs when you’re inside. Door knobs, light switches, and elevator buttons are common things people touch, especially in public places. Wearing gloves when you enter a public building will protect you from the germs of others. When you get to your destination in the building, then remove your gloves.
4. Don’t Treat a Fever of 101 Degrees or Less
Your body has built-in protection features. Many times, when a person has a slight fever, up to 101 degrees, it means their body is fighting an infection. This is a good thing; their body is protecting them. If you try to lower your fever with fever reducing medicine, your body might not be able to fight the illness as well as it could. If you have health concerns, contact your medical provider for advice.
These bits of health advice may be able to help keep you healthier during the cold season!
*These tips, although well researched, are not from licensed medical providers. For concerns with your health, please contact a healthcare provider.