This time of year is commonly known as flu season. This year we are well aware of the added danger of the Swine Flu (H1N1). School is back in session and although the panic mode is not where we need to be, a prepared stance is recommended.
The first line of defense is to be prepared:
1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. This is the best way to avoid the flu. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which can introduce the virus into your receptive passageways. If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and throw the tissue away afterwards.
2. Give your immune system a boost.
Eat immune boosting foods. Here are a few good ones:
Loaded with Vitamin C, citrus fruits are a yummy, easy way to support your immune system. Grab a glass of OJ, or make some lemonade. Even better, mix lots of lemons into clean water with stevia (a natural sweetener) and cayenne pepper. Not only is it a zingy tasty treat filled with Vitamin C, it also alkalinizes your body, which helps it fight infection.
Red chili peppers (cayenne)
Cayenne pepper has long been appreciated for its medicinal properties and can help your body during states of emergency.
Filled with immune-boosting mojo, garlic has been used to treat everything from the common cold to the Plague. So load up on garlic and give your body a fighting chance
Bursting with beta-carotene, carrots give your body a leg up when you’re fighting infection. Drink a few carrot juices to get enough in your body. Sweet potatoes and spinach also contain lots of beta carotene.
Fish like salmon, mackeral, and tuna are filled with omega-3 fats, which support white blood cells in fighting infection.
3. Get Your Sleep!! Sleep is underrated. When you’re well rested, your body fights infection more effectively.
4. Hydrate. Drink, drink, drink pure clean water. It keeps your mucous thin and helps you mucous membranes resist infection.
5. Try not to touch your nose, eyes, and mouth. Make this a habit as this is a major entrance of bag germs into your body.
6. Get your exercise. While this may not be the best time to go to a crowded gym, a long hike in nature can do wonders for your immune system, your general health, and your psyche.
7. Take Vitamin C supplements. If you take extra, it gets excreted in your urine, so it won’t hurt you to load up. Probiotics supplementing can also be used to help your body resist infection.
These suggestions came from a list of tips complied by Lissa Rankin MD