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5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days

This post was sponsored by Proctor & Gamble as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It’s been a good 3 months since I’ve been sick. The last time was when I caught a cold from my irresistibly cuddly grand-daughter. I knew better than to be kissing all over her when she was just getting over a cold, but I thought the coast was clear.

It was not. {sigh}…And I ended up sick.

After battling the chills, a sore throat, loss of appetite and aches I realized I’m getting to old to get sick. By that I mean, I’m miserable and want to curl up in a ball and cry when I’m sick. This last time my husband thought I was dying….{literally}.

It gets that bad!

So I’m going to be smarter and still love on my kids and grandkids when their sick, but I’m going to do a bit more to try and increase my resistance to their germs.

I sat down and gave my strategy some thought and I came up with these 5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days.

5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days

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Let’s start with the most obvious…hand washing. Of course I wash my hands after using the restroom, handling raw meats and when my hands feel dirty, but those aren’t the only times I wash them. I also wash them when I return home from being in public, after dealing with a sick child and if I cough or sneeze in my hands. I did this of course when my grand daughter was here, but I caught her cold from her actually coughing in my face — that’s just unpreventable with a one year old. In the future I need to clean her hands and face more frequently throughout the day when she has a cold and also wash my own hands more.5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days

To kill germs on my hands, I use a hand soap like Dial Complete Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash that kills bacteria 99.99%. This is one of my go-to hand soaps especially for my kitchen. I like the cute designer hand soaps my favorite body shops sell, but when making my weekly grocery list I need something practical. Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash sanitizes my hands, is gentle on skin, and easy to add to my Walmart Grocery pick up order.


2 – Frequent Showers

I’m a year round two shower a day kind of person. We have sweltering hot summers here in the South so two or more showers is practically necessary. But during the winter, I take two showers for two reasons —  one: to warm up on cold mornings or nights and two: to wash off the sneeze and cough air. I can’t stand being in public and people do either of those two without covering. In my mind, they have just coughed on every part of my skin that’s exposed and my clothing so I’m not getting in bed without showering. Showers while your sick or if you’re starting to feel sick are a great idea too. The warm water soothes and the steam loosen mucus that may be making you stuffy or congested.

3 – Cultivate an Immune Boosting Diet

I eat sugary snacks and finger licking fried foods just like everyone else, but all things are done in moderation. In fact, For New Year’s Eve Germaine and I made two types of wings, ordered pizza, drank soda and took the kids for late night milkshakes. — cool parent points for us!

But earlier that day, I drank 64 ounces of water, exercised for 40 minutes, snacked on Metamucil Cinnamon Thins (yum!) and ate two Align Dualbiotic Gummmies. I like food …AND… I like being healthy so when eating I consider how my food makes me feel inside and out.5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days

Eating like I did on New Year’s Eve is not my norm, but drinking 64 ounces of water, exercising, snacking well and looking after my digestive health is. Part of keeping my resistance to colds up includes making immune boosting food choices. After the gym or while working at my desk, I’m quick to grab a Metamucil Cinnamon Thins pack. The ingredients in the two fiber thins encourages better digestion and regularity. The are super tasty in a grown up kind-of-way. What I mean is they’re made using wheat flour, 100% psyllium husk, oats, molasses and nutmeg just to give you an idea.

So they’re yummy with no aftertaste.

Germaine uses the Metamucil powder, but I prefer two fiber bars and two Align Dualbiotic Gummies. They both aide in keeping my digestive system clear of bad bacteria that would compromise my health and lower my resistance to illness.


4 – Avoid Sick People

I used to feel some kind of way about avoiding sick people, but it’s scientifically supported that germs and viruses can be passed from person to person. I will avoid my own children who are sick, so I won’t hesitate to avoid strangers coughing and sneezing in the air in public.

You should see how fast I will bust a quick right to make a u-turn in a grocery store to avoid someone not practicing good hygiene habits.


5 – Be Proactive!

At the first sign I could be getting sick or a sore throat, I start flushing my system with water, Vitamin C and taking all proactive measure possible.

Have you ever had a day when you felt like you are getting a sore throat and did nothing about it and ended up with a full-blown head cold?

Have you ever had a day when you get like you were getting a sore thought and started drinking lot’s of water, orange juice, sipping teas and taking cough drops and you felt fine the next day?5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days

I’ve had both days and I’m old enough to know it’s time to fight a cold at the first opportunity. If I even sense a sore throat I’m sucking on Vicks VapoCool Drops and sipping on immune boosting beverages. Vicks VapoCool Drops have that a cooling sensation I need that soothes sore throat pain when I need it most.

I want to have the least amount of sick days possible this year so I can get the most of life. Taking small steps to reduce exposure to germs and boost my immune system helps me reach that goal. These 5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days is created in partnership with Proctor & Gamble. Please check out the full list of wellness products on Walmart’s Support Your Health page.


What do you do to increase your resistance to sick days?5 Ways Moms Can Increase Their Resistance to Sick Days

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