13th May 2015
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Stave off colds and flu
Stave off colds and flu

As the winter weather sets in, you might not be able to completely prevent colds, but you may avoid them by keeping your immune system healthy

Eat foods containing phytochemicals

A healthy diet can strengthen your immune system, and help to stave off cold and flu infections. Fruits and vegetables that are dark green, red and yellow contain phytochemicals, which give your body a vitamin boost. Low-fat proteins, complex carbohydrates and probiotics are also great for nutrition and immunity.

Also, keep up your fluids and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and cleanse your body.

Hygiene

Germs enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, so avoid putting your hands close to your face or allowing others to touch your face during the cold and flu season. Washing your hands regularly is one of the most effective ways to prevent colds, especially if you’re out in public with others. You may like to carry hand sanitiser with you, wipe down germy areas, such as tabletops and public transport railing, and encourage others to also wash their hands.

Flu shots

It’s a good idea to have the latest seasonal flu vaccination as soon as it is available. Flu vaccines are one of the most effective ways to protect against the flu viruses going around each year. Head to your doctor or participating pharmacy to access your shot and click here to see if you’re eligible for a free vaccination.

Exercise

Exercise not only makes you feel great and helps you stay fit, it also boosts your immune system and helps prevent you becoming sick. To increase your body’s natural virus-killing cells, do aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise increases your heartrate and breathing, which increases the oxygen to your blood and sends blood around your vital organs. Sweating helps rid your body of toxins that can make you sick.

Appropriate clothing

During winter, wearing natural fibres will keep you warm while allowing your body to breathe. Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and rayon, do not breathe well, and can cause you to sweat, which can cause you to shiver, depressing the immune system and making you susceptible to cold infections. The best fabrics to wear during winter are loose-fitting wool (particularly merino) and cotton, both of which are insulating and breathable. 

Sleep well

Sleeping well is important for healthy immune function. Insufficient sleep or poor sleep quality is associated with lowered immune function, so getting enough shut-eye each night can help with preventing colds. It isn’t just about sleeping longer. It’s about adopting a regular sleeping routine and ensuring you’re in a comfortable sleeping environment to ensure better quality sleep.







    COMMENTS

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    biddi
    18th May 2015
    10:25am
    Whenever you come home from wherever, first thing to do is give your hands a good wash.
    japoli
    18th May 2015
    7:10pm
    Agreed!! 90% of common colds can be avoided by frequent hand washing especially in the colder months when people are indoors most of the time and leave their germs everywhere.
    biddi
    18th May 2015
    10:31am
    Also, I can't understand why ad's aren't run on telly advising people to cover one's mouth when coughing (and yawning) especially in public. Guess there's no money in that. Better have a flu vax .... I wrote to the Dept. of Health long ago suggesting ad's on TV but never
    got a response.
    rtrish
    18th May 2015
    12:27pm
    Agree with all except wool as an appropriate clothing. It is hard to wash, harder for most seniors. I am one of those who find it itchy, however much they tell you it doesn't. A revolution for me was living in the US and discovering polar fleece. I have good quality (thick) jackets, sleeveless vests, blankets ... they was like a dream and are the warmest things I have ever come across.
    Bookworm
    18th May 2015
    1:06pm
    Forget about buying all those synthetic vitamin pills/capsules. They are a waste of money.
    Eat lots of fresh garlic, cooked tomatoes and as the article states, plenty of fresh veggies. It's cheap and you are getting all the vitamins, minerals and fibre you need rather than popping pills. Of course, a balanced diet also will include grains and proteins. What is better than a bowl of porridge on a cold winter's morning?
    pate
    20th May 2015
    5:39pm
    Gatlic whether im natural form or good quality tablets is the best form of anti flue injectiom which is qite often full of rubbish like most things the DRs are mixed up with these days My husband got sick about a week ago and he started having lemon drinks with honey in them to releive the throat & I suppled the garlic tablets which I take each day & haven't had the flue for over twenty years & Then it was because I had run out of Garlic Tablets & had not been able to buy anymore at the time which does not happen these days as I order them online.
    pate
    20th May 2015
    5:39pm
    Gatlic whether im natural form or good quality tablets is the best form of anti flue injectiom which is qite often full of rubbish like most things the DRs are mixed up with these days My husband got sick about a week ago and he started having lemon drinks with honey in them to releive the throat & I suppled the garlic tablets which I take each day & haven't had the flue for over twenty years & Then it was because I had run out of Garlic Tablets & had not been able to buy anymore at the time which does not happen these days as I order them online.
    ohmistyeyes
    27th May 2015
    10:12pm
    Even though these tips may sound universal, it's actually important to remember all of them when you're sick. I've been studying a lot for my exams while being sick and it was the worst thing ever! I'm really glad that https://essayboo.com/ helped me with studying and get all good grades.


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