- Posted: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:46:21 +0000
Cold and flu prevention tips:
You must know from the beginning that there are no known cures for cold and flu, so prevention is the way to go. If you have a healthy lifestyle it will be easier for you to stay healthy this season but for some it will be easier to catch a cold or flu. Flu season is usually from November to late March, but you can get a cold year round.
Here are some tips to keep away a flu or cold.
Wash your hands with soap and hot water every time you come home, every time you use the bathroom, and before every meal. Have your nails cut short. Most viruses are spread by air or contact and germs may live for hours or even weeks on the objects touched by an infected person. Keep in your pocket a hand sanitizer and if you don’t have the chance to wash your hands use it instead of soap and water.
Cut alcohol consumption. Alcohol dehydrates the body and weakens the immune system.
Put away the vitamin pill and eat multicolored fruits and vegetables.
Get enough sleep. Six to eight hours every night would be enough for your body to keep the immune system boosted. To fight viruses that can induce a cold or flu your body should be relaxed and rested.
Stay relaxed. If you know some meditation techniques or yoga relaxation exercises and you are doing them regularly, you’re helping your entire body, especially in cold and flu season, and boost your immune system.
Don’t touch your face. Touching your face skin can be the cause of infection because viruses enter human body through the eyes, nose and mouth. This will also help with people who have acne.
Do aerobics, yoga or simply exercise regularly at least 3 times a week. Exercising regularly would help increase the body’s natural virus killing cells.
Drink a lot of water. Stay hydrated helping this way your body to keep a strong immune system.
Eat yogurt, baked apples and pears or take pro-biotic pills. Eating food that induces ‘’good’ bacteria in your intestine you help your body fight with viruses.
Eat foods rich in antioxidants (walnuts, broccoli, whole-grains, and artichokes) and omega-3 fatty acids food (salmon, sardines, flax seeds). They have a protective shield against stress and inflammation and enhance immune system.
Avoid sick people. It would be great that everyone who’s sick to stay home and treat the cold or flu but that’s not going to happen. That’s why you need to reduce your contact with people who’re sick.
Also, statistics show that smokers get more easily colds and flu and more severe ones.