Since there are not any known cures for colds, flu, or other viral infections, it’s important to take a proactive approach to protecting yourself. One of the best things you can do is make healthy lifestyle choices.
Flu shots still remain the most effective way to protect yourself against the flu, but there are other strategies you can use to avoid the cold and flu naturally.
Here are five to adopt:
1. Use Good Hygiene to Prevent Spreading Germss
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, turn off faucets with a disposable towel, and always consider using hand sanitizer throughout the day
Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow
Wash your hands before and after you touch your eyes, mouth or nose
Disinfect cell phones, door knobs, keyboards, and other surfaces that frequently get touched
2. Strengthen Your Body’s Immune System
Sleep eight hours a night. People who averaged less than seven hours of sleep a night were found to be three times more likely to get sick than those who averaged at least eight hours
Exercise daily for at least 15-30 minutes. People who exercised daily had fewer colds and flu
Meditate regularly to reduce stress. People who meditated were found to have an improved immune response to the flu vaccine
Eat nourishing, all natural foods:
Avoid sugar, processed foods, and limit alcohol
Emphasize whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables – preferably organic (read about the Dirty Dozen conventionally grown foods to avoid) – and quality proteins and fats
Increase zinc-rich foods like beef, chicken, pumpkin seeds and cashews, beans (legumes), spinach and chocolate/cocoa
The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.
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