Most of us look forward to the rainy season for the cooler breeze. However, the cooler weather also invites a lot of health disorders, the most common of which is influenza.
According to Mayo Clinic, influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system such as nose, throat and lungs. Commonly called the flu, influenza is not the same as the stomach “flu” viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting. Influenza and its complications can be deadly.
We all know how dreadful it is to have to stay in bed: feeling God-awful, sick to death with the flu, especially when there are a ton of things we have to do. No matter how much we try to avoid getting sick, those nasty viruses still manage to sink their toxic teeth into our immune system.
Worry not for here are a few tips on how to avoid catching the dreaded flu virus.
Be systematic in cleaning your area. Start by cleaning your room to eliminate bacteria living in your mattress, pillow cases, and carpets. Cleaning with the aid of vacuum is one of the many effective ways in removing dirt that resides in furniture and small corners in your house.
Wash your hands, a lot. Germs are all around us, which is why the easiest way to contract those virus is through touching everyday things like door handles or pushing elevator buttons. The best thing is to constantly wash your hands and to wash them thoroughly.
Carry a hand sanitizer at all times. If you can’t wash your hands at the moment, opt for alcohol-based sanitizers. These can effectively kill viruses.
Try to avoid people who are sick. As much as possible, try to steer away from those who are already afflicted with the flu. Remind them to cover their noses when sneezing and to cover their mouths when coughing so as not to spread the flu virus around.
Load up on vitamins. Taking vitamins should be part of your daily routine. The daily intake of vitamins, especially vitamin C, will help shield your body from toxic elements in your surroundings.
Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning at its best. To fight infection, your body needs adequate water. Drink six to eight glasses a day and try not to have too much coffee or soda.
Drink juice. A lot of fruit and vegetable juices have been proven to strengthen one’s immune system, thereby decreasing the chances of contracting flu and other viruses. Vegetable juice from carrots, bell peppers, spinach, and broccoli are also excellent sources of carotene and bioflavonoids. Meanwhile, juice made from ginger, cabbage, and cucumber is rich with zinc which helps fight infection and heal wounds.
Have plenty of rest. Your body is more likely to catch the flu virus if it’s overworked. Fatigue weakens your immune system, specifically your body’s ability to ward off diseases and to recuperate from such.