Friday, May 3, 2013

How to Stay Healthy During the Flu Season ??!!

How to Stay Healthy During the Flu Season - sick man guy

The flu season is one during which we all get prone to fall sick.

However, with responsibilities at work as well as the home front, you may not be able to afford sick leave at all! So, do you think you can actually prevent yourself from catching a cold or cough? You most certainly can! Read on to know how.

1. Get Vaccinated
When you know that the influenza virus is doing its rounds, you may just get yourself vaccinated against the disease. The shot contains a vaccine that kills the virus that causes and spreads the flu. However, this is not a fool-proof method of staying away from the bug and you may need to take other precautions as well.

2. Hygiene
Make sure that you wash your hands often and do not allow dirt, sweat and foreign material to stay on your hands for long. When you use public transport, exchange currency notes with a shopkeeper, rest your hands on cash counters, or place your hands on bank tellers’ windows, you enable the germs to transfer from these places to your body. Therefore, it is necessary to wash your hands as soon as possible after such contact.

3. Hand Sanitizer
Always carry with you a bottle of hand sanitizer. In case you are unable to wash your hands in water, use the sanitizer to avoid possible infections.

4. Eat Right
Foods that build immunity are an absolute must to stock up the fridge and larder with, especially during the flu season. Here are some of them with magical, medicinal qualities:

a. Black Tea
Regular consumption of black tea can prove extremely beneficial as it can speed up the production of the interferon proteins, responsible for counterattacking the flu and cold infections. 5 cups a day is an ideal number to achieve such immunity.

b. Garlic
People who consume a clove of garlic every day have been found to be less prone to the disease than people who don’t. Allicin, a compound that combats bacteria, is what makes this food such a fighter.

c. Ginger
A highly-effective remedy for steering clear of cough and fever that may occur as a result of cold and flu, fresh ginger can be consumed in tea or chewed fresh.

d. Chicken Soup
Considered among the most natural methods of keeping the flu at bay, chicken soup, served hot, can do wonders for a clogged nose and throat. Load it with vegetables to accentuate its powers.

5. Medicines
While it is important to know the adequate methods of avoiding flu, using the above home procedures, it is also a good practice to consult a medical practitioner. To know what to avoid eating, touching and doing is important. It is equally important to know what measures to take, from a medical point of view, to keep yourself from falling sick. Thus, keep your doctor’s number at hand and take advice on the course to follow.

Often, it becomes impossible, despite all the above methods, to avoid catching the flu. Nevertheless, following these tips may help allay the effects of an otherwise nasty suffering.

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