6 Natural Ways to Avoid the Flu
There’s nothing worse than waking up and realizing you’ve got the tell-tale scratchy throat that forewarns a coming bout of the flu. In today’s fast paced world, most people don’t have the luxury of taking a week off from work to recover. With a virus like the flu, which constantly changes, finding natural ways you can support your immune system has become more important than ever. Below are a couple of ways you can dodge the flu on a daily basis.
Wash your hands
Let’s start off simple. If you don’t keep your hands clean, you’re going to get sick. The hands are the vanguard of your body, making first contact with every germ covered door knob, work phone, or that communal bowl of M&M’s that keeps magically refilling. You don’t need to grab a sponge and start scraping but if you can’t manage to sing the ‘ABC’s’ one time through, you’re definitely not washing for long enough. Be sure to lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds to ensure you kill off all that nasty bacteria.
Don’t touch your face
Even if you’re washing your hands thoroughly, you’re bound to end up touching something that is covered in germs without knowing it. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth during flu season at all costs. The flu virus can’t be contracted simply from getting it on your hands– it has to get to the mucosal membrane found in your nose or mouth to infect you. This also means no kissing your partners when they are sick! Show them your love from a distance, I’m sure they’ll understand.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is so important. Your body heals fastest when you’re sleeping. It is impossible to maintain a strong, healthy immune system when you aren’t get enough sleep. This one can be tough with how crazy our lives can be but you should be aiming for roughly 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
Stress is known to suppress the immune system so if you spend your day sanitizing your house because you’re so worried about getting the flu… you’re probably setting yourself up for failure. When the flu starts to spread, you will absolutely come in contact with it in your daily life. There’s just no avoiding it. Over stressing about beating the flu will just leave your body less prepared to fight it off when you inevitably encounter the virus.
It’s never a bad thing to get your blood pumping every once-in-a-while. Even if you’re not an vid health junkie, light exercise during flu season can be provide staggering results. When you work out you’re allowing your body to pump antibodies all throughout your circulatory system at a much higher rate than usual. This allows them to attack viruses that may have made their way into your system and gives your immune system the boost it needs.
Support your immune system
There are a litany of natural supplements that work to support your immune system. This can be as simple as making sure you get your daily dose of vitamins C and D, or as complex as a health food smoothie with turmeric and oil of oregano in it for inflammation and immune system support. There are plenty of natural ways to boost your immune system and prepare yourself for flu season, you just have to decide which one works best for you.
Spend the winter months enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, not coughing up a lung. When you commit to these tips and trick you will drastically improve the support you are giving your immune system in its battle to stave off the flu. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, sleep, de-stress, exercise, and above all– find some natural ways to support your immune system. It works hard to keep you healthy, send it some reinforcements this flu season.