FIGHTING FLU: 7 Easy Tips to Prevent Flu All Year Round
Nothing is worse than catching the flu. The dreadful headaches, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, and annoying coughs cause a lot of discomfort – especially for our little ones!
In the spirit of prevention being better than finding a cure, here are simple things you can do at home to prevent you and your little ones from catching flu and save yourself the headache that it brings.
1. Wash Your Hands Regularly
Transferring germs is one of the causes of the flu. Prevent the spread of germs by making sure you and your kids wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water. Do this before eating, after using the toilet, before playing with your kids, as well as after any other activities where you can come in contact with germs.
2. Cover Your Mouth and Nose When Coughing and Sneezing
Germs can also be spread through sneezing and coughing. Use a tissue or handkerchief to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of germs. Again, don’t forget to wash your hands properly after.
3. Disinfect Your Home
Microscopic germs may be lurking inside your home without you knowing. Clean frequently-touched surfaces in your home such as doorknobs, phone, toilet, remote control to minimize the number of germs you and your family can come in contact with. Your kids’ toys are another frequently touched item that could help transfer germs, so make sure to disinfect them regularly.
4. Eat Healthy Foods
A balanced and nutrient-rich diet is one of the best secrets to health as it bolsters your immunity to protect against sicknesses. Load yourself up with vitamins from vegetables, citrus fruits, and other nutrient-rich foods. Carrots, squash and, sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which can help your boost your immune system. Taking foods and drinks containing probiotics such yogurt and kefir can also strengthen your defence against flu.
5. Take Vitamin C
6. Exercise Regularly
A healthy and active body usually comes with stronger immunity. A found that at least 2.5 hours of vigorous exercise can reduce flu risk by 10%, so make sure to exercise regularly and keep your body strong and healthy.
If you do not have enough time to hit the gym, 15 to 20 minutes of daily exercise at home should be good enough. For your kids, make sure you engage them in activities that keep them moving and active every day.
7. Rest to Avoid Stress
Since stress can cause your immunity to drop, it’s good to take a break every now and then to stay energized and relaxed. Get enough sleep to avoid stress and enhance your gut health and immune system.
Follow these tips to keep your and your kids protected from flu. Better yet, don’t forget to observe proper hygiene to prevent the spread of flu. Bathe and wash your hands frequently with , and for long-lasting protection against germs that may cause sicknesses such as flu.
If you already have the flu or are showing signs and symptoms, consult your doctor.