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Without fail, every year cold and flu season comes for a visit. Protecting yourself against it starts by first receiving the flu vaccination. With that said, it is wise to speak with your doctor first before receiving the flu vaccination as it may not be safe for certain age groups or patients with particular health conditions such as immune system disorders. Other ways you can protect yourself from the flu this season is by:
Washing Your Hands
After visiting restrooms, sneezing, touching your face, shopping carts, and coughing it is wise to wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap for a good 30 seconds. Washing your hands regularly in general is an outstanding way to prevent the spread of the flu virus germs. If you don’t have a source of water and soap nearby you can cleanse and sanitizer your hands with antibacterial hand sanitizer.
Take Immune Supporting Supplements
Immune supporting supplements when taken with a well-balance diet can help keep you healthy while others around you are ill with the cold and flu. Some of the best immune supporting supplements to take are zinc, vitamin D, l-lysine, vitamin C, Echinacea, elderberry and lemon balm. These supplements contain medical properties, antioxidants and nutrients that not only nourish and support the immune system, but the entire body so you can feel good all the time.
Get Plenty of Rest Each Night
Go to bed at the same time each night and get plenty of rest. Without sleep, the body works harder to keep the immune system functioning properly, which makes you prone to catching the cold and the flu virus. If you cannot seem to get enough sleep during the night it is wise to take naps during the day, or take a sleep aid such as melatonin to help ease you to sleep naturally. Other natural ways to help you fall asleep at a regular time each night at warm milk and honey, chamomile herbal tea, Valerian root supplements and lavender infusions.
Nourish the Body with Whole Foods
Staying away from processed sugary foods and nourishing the body with whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats, nuts and seeds, whole grains, raw dairy products and probiotic rich food is another outstanding way to keep the immune system strong. Remember, when the immune system is strong and supported by a proper diet it is capable of preventing the cold and flu from happening to you.
Another way to support the immune system and keep yourself healthy during flu season is by eliminating stress. You can eliminate stress naturally by exercising daily and doing other relaxing activities that calm you. Those activities maybe taking a warm bath, sipping on herbal tea, listening to music, sitting out in the fresh air or visiting a favorite meditation spot. After all, physical and mental stressors are common causes of illness occurring.
End Thoughts to Keep in Mind
Combining all these immune supporting methods together along with getting the flu vaccination are some of the first things you need to do in order to protect yourself against the flu. Staying home when sick if you do end up catching the flu even after doing all the steps above is important for preventing the spread of it to others. It is wise to visit a doctor if your flu symptoms worsen or you begin developing a high fever or breathing difficulties.