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BTHO sickness

Five health habits used to prevent sickness

Published: Monday, November 7, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07

Very seldom do we meet individuals who can maintain their cold weather adaptations after a spring or summer semester in the humid, hot and, at times, overwhelmingly intense weather of Bryan-College Station. This time of year we usually become accustomed to the anti-sickness anticipation: The "get-your-flu-shot" signs, anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and ostentatious wintry raccoon-mohawk-hipster beanies. Invariably, we also might become acquainted to a lifestyle that temporarily possesses us to thinking we are invincible, immune or incapable of maintaining healthy conditioning and lifestyle insurance. My fellow Aggies: We have to be ready for the days ahead. Alas, I see cold, I see sickness, I see finals and this is only the beginning. Preparing yourself and maintaining a hardened mindset to prohibiting sickness is not only helpful to your wellness, but also helpful to your academia.

From this point onward we — as Fightin' Texas Aggies, the maroon-bleeding, heat-dwellers — are united! BTHO this cold weather and  sickness!

I've compiled a list of 5 "Hs" that I hope will not only educate you to the demands of being a health-advocate in the midst of a flu season but simplify your initiative to act.

Habitat: In the cold seasons, sicknesses tend to spread rapidly. This isn't due holistically to cold weather, but rather, to the close-quarter contact after cold weather has arrived. Whether we are in the library or on the bus, the concentration of people per domain increases. This likens our ability to be in close range of someone or something that is infected and capable of infecting you.

Being mindful of your environment is the first step toward sickness prevention.

Health: The first time I contracted the flu, was the first time in my life I had not received a flu vaccination. It was a hypothesis to test the legitimacy of getting one. I remember the day before I became sick, I called my mom detailing to her how my roommate was being dramatic about going to the E.R. just because he had the flu. 24 hours later, my body is rejecting everything I put into it, my fever is 102 degrees, my motor function is a bare minimum and my ability to walk is sluggish. To prevent this (don't think it can't happen to you) get a flu shot. Your body needs the best defense available to combat and prevent sickness. Additionally, I've detailed in three separate entries the importance of getting enough sleep, eating the right foods and starting a vitamin regimen. During the flu season, energize your body and continue to make smart choices concerning your wellness. In the words of my coach, "PUT ON THE PRESSURE!"

Hydrate: While the weather is warmer, becoming colder, there's no doubt that most of us will be hugging a heater in two-three layers. Despite as such, you probably won't sweat much during this period of coldness, being in any warm environment dehydrates you. We are composed of 60-80 percent water and we expend water every time we eat, sleep and study.

Drink at least eight cups of water per day; drinking water in the winter is equally beneficial as in the summer.

Hygiene: This has to be one of the biggest pet-peeves of mine.

People who don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom — "Are you delusional?"

Luckily, this bullet isn't about you (or else I would go on a tangent). The importance of washing hands, in my opinion, has unlimited explinations. This is because there are an unlimited amount of bacteria we can be exposed to on any given day. That exposure can immediately compromise your health if you adopt this mindset: Washing hands is well, fer them err, sofistikated people (as you eat your turkey leg with your grimy bacteria-infestations you call hands and slurp off the syrupy sauce in-between your finger nails. #losing). Advance farther than the cavemen and apply yourself to washing your hands the right way. Soap and water, hum happy birthday twice, you've heard it all before. Don't have access to soap and water? Use a hand sanitizer. According to the FDA, research on hand sanitizer validity is questionable as the products aren't tested on human hands but rather, sample-sized surfaces. However, in the event that your hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based (exceeding an alcohol level of 60 percent) hand sanitizer can remove most bacteria from the surfaces of your hands.

Help yourself: I've heard stories of people who feel as if they are getting sick and don't act. In response, I reference them to a Billy Madison video clip.

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