Friday, 3 October 2014

How to Avoid Getting Ill at Work

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It started slowly; a sneeze here, a cough there. But, then you shook the hand of that new guy from accounting and he definitely wiped his runny nose with his sleeve after... Then that woman kept sneezing on the tube, which we all know is really a metal germ incubator that just happens to transport you across London.

So, what can you do? You used up all of your sick days to do fun things over the summer (6 day weekend? Don't mind if we do!) and no-one likes having to be in work when they're ill.

Fruit For The Office HQ manages to stay relatively germ free year round so your office fruit supplier is going to give you our top tips on how to stay healthy - and, yes, it definitely involves eating delicious fruit, so don't say we aren't good to you!

Use a Hand Sanitiser

Think about the amount of germs your hands collect every single day: shaking a client's hand, picking up a coffee cup and even tapping on a keyboard. Inexpensive antibacterial gels or wipes can easily be left on your desk or in your bag and you can even buy moisturising antibacterial solutions so you'll not only keep germs at bay but you'll also stop the cold weather from leaving your skin cracked and dry. 

Stay Hydrated!

Water is great for you at the best of times, let alone the worst. Water will help to flush toxins out the body, keep you from getting fatigued and thin out any mucus. If you’re feeling particularly cold thanks to your cold, you can also get a lot of your water intake from warm broth, coffee or tea. (The caffeine in your coffee or tea will also keep you from feeling less like death warmed up but be careful if you're taking any cold/flu medication that also contains caffeine

Get your 5 a Day!

We're always harping on about the importance of eating healthy here but it really does keep your body fighting fit and a regular office fruit delivery is guaranteed to leave less of your office coughing and spluttering and more of you chomping and chewing. In fact, office fruit has even more benefits than just saving you from the all too common cold!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can reduce the duration of a cold by about half a day if taken from the very beginning!
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya


Powerful nutrients that fight off illness caused by free radicals to keep you in tip top condition 

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Kiwi

Don’t Turn Straight to Antibiotics

Taking antibiotics for a cold is going to do nothing for it and may just build up antibiotic resistance later on when you really do need saving! Just stick with Lemsip and Cold and Flu Capsules and we promise you’ll feel better soon.

If all else fails, GO HOME!

If you feel seriously ill, and really don't think you can make it through the day then call in sick. It’ll save a day of bad work caused by you being unable to concentrate on anything other than how much snot your body can produce. Also, if you stay home you may even be doing your office a service by stopping your sickness from spreading to your colleagues! So, technically you're a hero by staying at home and watching telly in your jim-jams (Be sure to let your boss know the benefits of your duvet day too!)

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know your worst sick day excuse is! Everyone at Fruit For The Office HQ can never get away with calling in with a measly cough or cold - we eat way too much fruit to even succumb to a sniffle!

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