Cold and flu season is arriving soon, in all its horror – chances are that wherever you look, people are sneezing, coughing and whimpering. But getting ill isn't an inevitability, and by following the tips I will give you, you can at least try and keep the viruses at bay.
Here’s a guide on how to prevent yourself from getting sick this winter:
1. Wash Your Hands, Whether You’re Ill Or Not
Most people catch a cold or flu through coming into contact with the tiny drops of mucus that are sneezed or coughed into the air when people are ill. If they are breathed in, or exposed by touching places like the mouth or eyes. Regular hand washing will ensure that you keep the virus from your hands.
If you become ill, then making sure you wash your hands so that it doesn’t spread is hugely important. Ill people can sneeze and cough into their hands without thinking – and then spread the virus everywhere they touch.
2. Stay hydrated.
Our body is made up of mostly water, and when we're dehydrated, it's just an extra stress on our system. Dryness—think a Rudolph-red nose or a scratchy throat—decreases your immunity barriers and opens the door to infection. Drinking plenty of water is crucial to staying healthy.
3. Order A Shot
The number one thing you can do to prevent the flu is get vaccinated. Even if another strain infects you, the shot may reduce symptoms heavily.
4. Train On Time
Hit the gym before your jab. When you exercise prior to receiving a flu shot, the post-exercise inflammation boosts your body's immune response to the virus in the vaccine, according to a study review. That translates to more powerful infection protection. How much sweat is enough? A study found that people who performed 25 minutes of lifts targeting their biceps and deltoids were able to increase their immune response.
5. Say Hello To Yogurt
Cold and flu viruses might have an Achilles' heel: Greek yogurt. In a study conducted, people who consume a specific strain of probiotics daily reduced their risk of catching one of these bugs by 27 percent. Aim to eat at least one serving a day of a Greek yogurt with live cultures.
6. Nail Your Tea Shot
Skip the black coffee and brew some green tea. Its magic ingredient, a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), can damage influenza virus particles and stop them from entering your system. The scientists believe this kick-ass catechin may also interfere with pneumonia-causing bacteria. Knockback as much green tea as you want, or take a daily EGCG supplement.
7. Keep Surfaces Clean
Since flu and cold can linger for so long, it’s worth ensuring that all of your surfaces are clean. If a door is being regularly used, for instance – and especially if you have children – then it is likely to pick up all kinds of things, which can make their way into your body no matter how careful you are.
8. Get A Good Night's Sleep
Washing your hands, staying hydrated and eating well can all go to waste if you're not getting enough shut-eye. Our immune system is very, very good at fighting things off, but we do things to harm it. When people don't get the sleep that they need, their body can't restore itself. Snoozing for a minimum seven to eight hours a night can give your body the downtime it needs to fight off infection.
9. Stay Active
Don't use cold weather, hectic holiday shopping or a stacked schedule of festive soirees as an excuse to skip your workout. Getting plenty of exercises actually reduces the stress hormone cortisol and improves your immune system.
10. Don't Smoke
Time to take a permanent cigarette break. Lighting up leaves your body vulnerable to the flu. Smoking raises a person's odds of catching the H1N1 bug, a.k.a. swine flu, more than fivefold.
Winter season may be the season to be merry and jolly, but this season can also make a person sick and vulnerable to diseases. In this post, I shared with you a guide on how to prevent yourself from getting sick this winter.
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