The holidays are past and we are now in the deep of winter season. If you think you are safe from the terrible flu of every year, think twice. Now it’s probably when you are most vulnerable, which is why it’s always good to have some tips for fighting the flu during the winter season.
Water, water, water: drinking fluids is key to fighting the flu. If you feel dry, or sluggish, your body is probably telling you that it needs hydration. Drink fluids to prevent being vulnerable to sickness, but also drink them when you are in the middle of fighting the flu.
If you are wondering what to drink, go with hot herbal tea, decaf coffee, ginger ale, broth, juice, and always water.
Eat Healthily: we tend to change our eating habits during the winter season. If you maintain a healthy diet full of vitamins and antioxidants, your body’s response to fighting the flu is much faster and stronger.
Eat more lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, and beans. Your diet plays a big role in staying healthy and boosting your immune system.
Work-out: yes, working out during winter is hard, but find a way to do it and you’ll see the results reflected not only on your body but also on your immunity. Keep a moderate amount of activity in your day and your immune cells will receive a higher stimulus to fight off cold and flu viruses.
Humidify: the dry air in our homes and offices during wintertime is a haven for a virus outbreak. Keep a humidifier on at all times to increase humidity, which instead kills viruses. Places like aeroplanes are often too dry so moisturise your skin during the flight and use a nasal spray to prevent viruses from entering through your nose.
Probiotics: bacteria are often seen as a bad thing, but in this case, they are your best allies in fighting the flu. Think of probiotics as the good kind of microbes that build up our immune system by crowding up germs. Eat foods such as yoghurt, cheese, kefir, or kimchi, and you will be less vulnerable to the flu and cold.
If you prefer, you can also take probiotic supplements at least two times a day, and increase the quantity when you start feeling tired and sick.
There are other things you can do to prevent getting sick this winter season, some include washing your hands often, coughing or sneezing into your arm, not a hand, and getting the flu shot every year.