How to prevent flu naturally
6 tips for a Christmas in good health
Flu is an infective illness caused by influenza viruses that infect your respiratory system. Catching the flu with changes in season is extremely common with most people.
A major factor to address is your immune system and your daily habits that will determine if you get sick. The flu virus is contagious and if you are near an individual who is sick you can get exposed to it within a few minutes. So if you would like to avoid getting sick and arm yourself against cough, fever, aches, and pains this season, you might need to change some of your habits.
In addition, during festivities stress levels rise, leaving you with lowered defenses making it more likely to catch some illness.
If you’re looking to stay healthy this season, try these six ways to prevent the flu naturally, according to experts.
1. Wash your hands often
The more frequently you wash your hands, the lower your risk of becoming sick. Remember: Colds and flu are caused by viruses – not bacteria – so banking on antibacterial soap as a safeguard against colds and flu won’t be effective. Studies have shown that washing your hands with an antibacterial soap is no better at preventing infectious illnesses than scrubbing with plain soap and water.
2. Follow a healthy, nutrient-rich eating plan
Include a variety of fruits and green leafy vegetables and a lot of ginger in your daily diet. These are superfoods – full of vitamins and antioxidants. These health elements help promote good health and reduce the risk of catching the flu. Don’t forget to include garlic in your dishes: It is considered to stimulate the immune system.
Sleep is a crucial step to strengthen your immune system. Unfortunately, there’s a lot that can interfere with natural sleep patterns.
People are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as well. Prioritize your sleep schedule: This is the most effective and natural way to fend off the flu and other illnesses. If you are dealing with sleep issues, limit caffeine intake to at least 4-5 hours before nighttime. The right amount of sleep hours per night are between 7 to 9.
4. Do regular exercise
People who exercise regularly are less likely to get a cold, researchers say. A study of 1,000 people found that staying active nearly halved the chances of catching cold viruses and, failing that, made the infection less critical. Exercise helps reinforce the immune system to fight off germs.
If you want to keep fit and healthy, be sure to break up long sedentary periods with light activity.
5. Take your vitamins
1,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily can help prevent the flu, help the immune system function, and boost white blood cells. Taking up to 4,000 milligrams daily when experiencing symptoms can help relieve you of major discomforts. A great way to boost your vitamin C levels is to eat fruit and vegetables daily, including bell peppers, leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, berries, oranges, tomatoes, and green peas.
6. Humidify inside and out
Keep your body well hydrated and your indoor air humidified. We add moisture to the air of our wood-heated home by hanging laundry indoors, keeping a lot of houseplants, and setting steamers on the stoves that release moisture gradually into the surrounding air. Drink plenty of liquids, especially fresh, pure water.
Why do people get sick in winter? The answers are complex, elusive, and still evolving. For a long time, experts told us that we catch more colds and flu in winter because we cluster together indoors in inadequately ventilated surroundings like workplaces, public transportation, or schools. Skeptical scientists have since proposed many other theories that found no fundaments yet. We know for sure that it’s possible to prevent catching a cold or the flu by putting in place little simple precautions.
Adults can expect to suffer two to five colds per year. Let’s reduce this number together with some easy adjustments to our lifestyle. Your general health will thank you.
Your Humanoo Team