Smart ways to keep away cold and flu
Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses that affect millions every year. Both are caused by different viruses but here are some tips that can help you avoid getting these illnesses. Boost your immune system with healthy food, maintaining good hygiene and so on are methods to do this.
Boost your immune system
Consuming a balanced diet gives your body all the nutrients and vitamins required to help the immune system fight infection. Choose foods that are rich in phytochemicals like dark green, red and yellow fruit and vegetables. Make sure your diet includes food with healthy oils like salmon, kefir, and tuna. Flaxseeds and walnuts boost the immune system too. Vitamin C rich food such as oranges and tomatoes are also a must.
Maintaining good hygiene
Good sanitation and hygiene helps prevent colds and flu. Learn to make it a habit to wash your hands for at least 10-15 seconds in warm soapy water before eating. Make sure you teach your children to wash their hands as well. In case water is not easily available, go for an alcohol-based disinfectant hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content.
Do not shake hands or hug people who seem to be ill. Explain that you are not being rude but merely protecting your health.
If you go for yoga class, carry your own mat. Yoga mats can be loaded with germs. After every use, wipe down your yoga mat clean using antibacterial wipes. Research shows that the germs that cause the common cold are found on a whopping 63% of gym machines.
Cut down your stress
Stress weakens your immune system and this leaves you more vulnerable to cold and flu. Take up a hobby or go in for meditation, listening to soothing music, playing with a pet and so on to reduce stress.
The flu vaccine provides will prevent you from catching a flu and is especially important for those at a greater risk of getting flu-related complications such as infants, pregnant women, those over 65, or those facing chronic health conditions like diabetes, asthma or heart disease.