So you’ve had your annual flu shot but still live in fear of catching a winter bug. Here are some handy tips to help make yourself bug-proof this winter.
WASH YOUR HANDS – ALOT! Flu is spread by droplets from infected people when they sneeze, blow their nose or touch things. Make sure you wash your hands regularly and try not to touch your face.
EAT RIGHT. Foods containing vitamins C and E help boost your immune system. Choose sunflower and corn oils, sunflower seeds and nuts such as almonds and peanuts for your vitamin E fix. You can get your daily vitamin C from citrus fruits, broccoli and green peppers. Also limit your intake of concentrated sugar because excessive amounts weaken your immune response.
CATCH SOME Z’S. Lack of sleep has a negative effect on your immune system. Make sure you get enough shut-eye to keep your body’s natural defences at their best.
UP YOUR H₂O. Increasing your water intake will help you stay healthy and lessen the chance of you coming down with flu. When you are feeling under the weather, drink extra fluids to prevent dehydration caused by fever, loosen mucus and keep your throat moist.
GET MOVING. Not only can regular exercise lower stress, but research indicates that exercise can stimulate the immune system and promote healthy sleep.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you do come down with a cold or flu, take it easy. Spending excessive energy steals valuable resources from the immune system and even normal activities may be too much.
JUST BREATHE. Open the window and get fresh air, especially in work areas where ventilation is limited during winter.
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