Every year, millions of people contract influenza. What’s worse, millions of people do not get an annual flu shot so the flu epidemic can run through schools and work places. You don’t have to be the person who gets the flu if you follow some of the following tips:
- Eat a healthy diet, full of fruits and vegetables, so you get extra vitamins and minerals.Limit added sugars because they contribute to inflammation and avoid alcohol because it is an immunosuppressant.
- Maybe rent a movie at home off the TV and avoid movie theatres or other crowded places where people are coughing or do not cover their mouths when sneezing.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizers that contain 60 percent alcohol to reduce your flu risk.
- Exercising releases stress and boosts the immune system, so try walking 30 minutes a day during the winter months and stay active.
- If you cannot get outside for sunshine each day, consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.Or eat more foods that contain Vitamin D such as tuna, sardines, egg yolks, milk and yogurt.
- Get enough sleep, 7 to 8 hours a day is recommended so that your body is are rested and your immune system is not compromised.
- Stop touching your face.This is a hard habit for some people to break, but stop touching your eyes, nose and mouth.Your fingers and hands contain millions of germs and potential viruses.
- Sanitize the TV remote control, your cell phone, computer laptop, door handles, your keys, wallet, your automobile steering wheel, your purse, and other places that a lot of people touch.
- It’s not too late to get a flu shot!