It is the start of 2013-2014 flu season. Any person who has ever felt the effects of having the flu knows just how debilitating it can be. Flu viruses circulate in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) best reduces the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu viruses spread through that community. However, for those that are more in tune with natural preventative ways to beat the flu, please read on…
How does the flu spread?
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with
flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too.
1. Wash your hands
One of the most effective and easiest methods of flu prevention is washing your hands. Wash your hands after you use the restroom, after you’ve shaken someone’s hand, been on public transportation, attended a party, gone to the gym, and many other situations.
Exercise has immune-boosting effects. Exercise boosts circulation, reduces stress, and eliminates toxins and through perspiration. Of course, consult a medical healthcare professional before engaging in any physical activities.
3. Organic, plant-based diet
Eat organic fruits and vegetables in your diet, particularly those high in vitamin C like papaya, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli and kale. To be safe, consult a medical healthcare professional to see if you can add a vitamin C supplement to your daily regimen.
4. Drink Water
Staying hydrated is important every season, particularly in the winter. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water can boost your immune system, keeping your body strong and ready to fight off illnesses all year.
5. Vitamin D supplement
Consider having your vitamin D levels checked with a simple blood test from your physician. If they’re low, consider and discuss taking a vitamin D supplement to help prevent not only the flu, but also a host of other health conditions– like cancer and cardiovascular disease – that have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.
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