How to Beat Flu Season
Every year the flu affects 20% of the U.S. population from December to March. The average person can recover from the flu in one to two weeks, but sometimes the flu can result to pneumonia. Senior citizens and newborns are prone to complications once catching the virus.
If you think you might have the flu, here are a few symptoms you may experience:
3. Body aches
6. Congestion and runny nose
7. Sore throat
To prevent from getting the flu, here are some actions you can take:
1. Get a flu shot
2. Get plenty of rest
3. Wash your hands
4. Avoid sudden temperature changes
5. Keep your immune system strong
Here are a few tips from HCR Manor Care that will help keep the flue and cold away this season:
1. Watch what you touch in public places. Assume that the doorknobs, phones, light switches, handles, and railings might have been touched by someone who is sick. Carry and use liquid hand sanitizer if you can't wash your hands. Keep disinfectant wipes around to regularly wipe off phones, doorknobs, etc.
2. Wash your hands before you touch your face or eat, and never share food or drinks. Our hands become the number one transferor of germs from contaminated public items we touch, especially when we eat or touch our nose or mouth.
3. Step away a few feet when someone sneezes or coughs near you. Sneeze droplets are not airborne for long and may be evaded with five feet of distancing.
4. Don't smoke. Smoking can lower your immune system and irritates the nasal and throat passages.
5. Get plenty of fresh air. If you find yourself spending too much time in air conditioned or stuffy rooms, periodically take a break outside.
6. Avoid cold drafty places. The human body has an outer immune defense system that is closely associated to the skin cells and interferon. Persistent cold draft can weaken this defense and cause cold and flu-like symptoms.
7. Get plenty of exercise. This increases your peripheral vascular circulation, increases lung capacity and reduces stress.
8. Drink lots of water. Dehydration adds to biotoxic buildup. Ginger and cinnamon teas are a great herbal drink to boost the peripheral vascular circulation, which can add a little extra to your auto immune defense system.
9. Take vitamin C daily.