They are everywhere.

In the air we breathe, the surfaces we touch, and the things we wear.

As busy professional women, winter is the season when we are most concerned about germs. The disease is evident as more and more people around us cough, blow their noses and pop sore throat lozenges.

Many business owners become extremely vigilant to avoid germs during the winter. We stop shaking hands, go overboard with hand sanitizer, and stay away from anyone with watery eyes and a runny nose.

The problem with this is that you can’t get away from germs.

The 10 worst places germs hide in the workplace

Germs are found in the things you use every day in your workplace. Some are obvious. Others we don’t think about. Here are the 10 most notable places for germs:

1. Desk

2. Trash can

3. Bathroom door knob

4. Computer keyboard and mouse

5. Desk phone

6. Light switches

7. Pens and pencils

8. Coffee makers and dispensers

9. Elevator buttons

10. Water fountain buttons

According to the Minnesota Department of Health: “A person has more bacteria in their body than people in the United States.”

Oh! That is a lot of bacteria.

If you are like most busy professional women, you work in an environment with other people. You may think that it is inevitable that you will get sick this winter. Getting sick happens every winter, well.

No. It doesn’t have to be this way!

While many factors at work are beyond your control, staying well at work is one factor you can do something about. Before you give up and give in to getting sick this winter, here are seven comprehensive things you can do to stay well at work.

Seven Tips to Boost Your Immune System Inside and Out

When it comes to staying well at work, instead of focusing on what not to touch, whose hand should not shake, or spraying Lysol when someone sneezes, you strengthen your immune system inside and out. That is how:

1. Take 1000 mg of vitamin C a day.

If you keep your immune system healthy, germs will not be able to establish themselves. Vitamin C naturally strengthens your immune system.

2. Increase to 5,000 mg of vitamin C a day if you feel congested.

3. Take 5,000 mcgs of garlic a day.

Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. To avoid garlic breath or garlic burps, buy enteric-coated tablets. Since garlic is a blood thinner, skip this tip if you are taking prescription blood thinning medications.

4. Drizzle with lavender essential oil.

Lavender has healing and antiseptic properties. In the past, it was used to clean wounds and sterilize surgical equipment. Is powerfull! Buy some for your desk. Spray it on your hands as an antiseptic and on the items you want to disinfect. You will smell good in your office and no one will suspect that you are avoiding germs.

5. Make ginger tea.

Hot ginger water (a slice of fresh or in a tea bag) with lemon juice and a small amount of honey while drinking at work has amazing health benefits! Ginger tea with lemon and honey helps you relax, stimulates your immune system and causes weight loss. What I don’t like about ginger tea?

6. Eliminate the sugar.

When you are at work, do not eat sugar. Why? Sugar reduces your immune system’s ability to fight germs by 75%! Instead, buy xylitol-sweetened candies, like Tom & Jenny’s Original Candies if you want a treat during the day.

7. Get enough sleep at night, not during the day!

Not getting enough sleep reduces the effectiveness of your immune system and makes it drowsy during the day. In a previous blog post, I wrote about five things you can do to get a good night’s sleep.

Germs They are all around us and they are difficult to avoid. However, as busy professional women, there are things you can do to stay well at work this winter. Instead of concentrating on what not to touch, whose hand shouldn’t shake or spray Lysol when someone sneezes, boost your immune system inside and out with these seven tips. For a happy and healthy winter!

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