How to keep away the flu! These 12 tips will surely help you
In the season of colds and the flu, you can never be too cautious. Keeping your hygiene on the highest level, taking vitamins daily combined with healthy food are just of the few tips to keep your immune system strong and ready to fight the seasonal diseases.
1 Washing hands
Rule number one when comes to your general health is the hygiene of your hands. Even if you are at home, using your computer, make sure to wash your hands before consuming food or even touching your face. Make sure to wash your hands twice for at least 20 seconds and then dry them carefully.
2 Get a flu shot
This is especially important for those over 65 years old, as well as anyone with a terrible immune or respiratory system. Also nursing home residents and health care workers who have regular contact with patients must get a flu shots. Pregnant women whose last two trimesters fall during flu season (generally November to April) might consider getting the shot as well.
3 Keep yourself away from sick people
Avoid contact with people who have respiratory illnesses. Airborne droplets from sneezes and coughs are what spread the influenza virus from person to person. Also, handshakes, touching door knobs or buttons in the elevator are the places where bacteria stay and you may get it on your hands. So, see tip number one.
4 Don’t touch your face
If you are at work, at school or simply outside (even at home though) avoid touching your lips, your face and most certainly your eyes. If you really must, wash your hands first.
5 Use tissues
When sneezing or coughing, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. This way you will stop germs spraying around. Toss the tissue in the trash bin afterwards.
6 See your (or call) your physician
Your physician knows the best what to do in these situations, and if you are only having symptoms, they would prescribe you medication if the problem is indeed the flu. It is important to start taking this within the first 48 hours of symptoms – its effectiveness declines as the illness builds.
7 Elderberry extract
It would help you to lessen the symptoms and what’s a better way to help your immune system than with fruits.
8 Good old garlic
You already know that garlic is the best solution for preventing colds and even the flu, for it is the best antiseptic from the nature. Yes, we know that is has strong smell, but consume it when you know you will stay at home.
9 Get some rest
Exhausting yourself and avoiding night rest can actually lead significant lowering of your immune system. So, keep your sleeping routine well – go to bed at decent hours and stay away from your lap top or the TV before falling asleep. Your body needs rest so give that to yourself.
Drinking water and tea will keep you hydrated all the time, and this way the body is getting rid of the toxins and metabolic wastes which you definitely don’t need in your body.
11 Stay active
In winter we are all lazier but it is not a reason to stay away from the gym. You can workout at home, run outside or simply have energetic walks in the nearest park. This way your body will be stronger, and it would be easier for you to keep your immune system stronger.
12 Clean your home
Wash your blankets, sheets and pillow cases more frequently is just another way to keep your home clean from bacteria. Make sure to keep your keyboard clean, as well as your remote controls, your cell phone and your doorknobs. This may sound a bit hypochondriac, but these are the surfaces that you and the people who live with you constantly touch so you better be cautious, at least during the flu season.