While there’s no way to guarantee complete immunity against the flu, these practical flu prevention tips could be your saving grace until spring.
1. GET YOUR FLU SHOT
Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to prepare the appropriate flu vaccination based on the strands of the virus that are expected to be prevalent. The best defense against flu season is a good offense: get vaccinated.
2. STAY HOME WHEN YOU’RE SICK
We know, we said these were only flu prevention tips, but here we are sneaking this one in! If you do end up feeling unwell, it’s best to stay home in bed and rest. We realize this isn’t always possible, but when it is, stay home from work, school and running errands when you’re sick. Staying home will help prevent spreading your illness to others and allow you the much needed rest you need.
3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body strong and ready to fend off germs and viruses, but avoid caffeinated drinks, which won’t hydrate you as well.
4. EXERCISE OFTEN
Exercise won’t only make you feel great and help you stay fit, but it can also boosts your immune system and can help prevent cold and flu viruses from making you sick. Exercise can also be a great way to relieve stress, which is a great way to boost your overall health.
5. WASH YOUR HANDS
Regularly washing your hands with soap and water will help protect you from germs—especially after you sneeze or cough, and before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel to clean your hands.
6. EAT NUTRITIOUS FOODS
Your immune system protects your body from infection, and when it’s in tip-top shape and functioning properly it launches an attack on threats—such as flu viruses. Consuming a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can benefit your whole body, including your immune system. Click here to learn how eating a “rainbow” can lead to golden health.
7. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
A good night’s rest can allow your body to build up its natural defenses against disease. Your body also relies on sleep to recuperate from daily exposure to toxins. Chronic sleep deprivation can significantly reduce immune function.
8. COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE
Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. This simple effort can help prevent those around you from getting sick, as many respiratory illnesses are spread by coughing, sneezing or unclean hands.
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