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Health: Some Tips for a Flu-Free Winter

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Health: Some Tips for a Flu-Free Winter

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Written by  Laurinda Seabra
Monday, 24 July 2017 07:23

Summer’s fun and the heat of the sun has faded, and now it’s time to crank up the heat indoors, grab a cozy throw, wrap your cold hands around a cup of hot coffee, tea or chocolate and perhaps curl up with a good book. Well, that would be nice if we did not live in the "real" world.

The facts are that you still have to go to work, attend to kids, etc. It means that you have to stand up early, make sure the family has a healthy breakfast, and get everyone out the door in one piece.   And… you’re faced with cold weather conditions. The last thing you need to worry about is the oh-so-dreadful sniffles, which then turn into a sore throat, accompanied by a nasty cough and fever, which inevitably represents lost wages you were counting on.   

Let’s not even talk about the growing pile of dirty laundry you can‘t bring yourself to do.  So, how do you stay sniffle-free? What can you do to increase your chances of breezing through the winter healthy and strong, immune to the sea of sickness surrounding you?  

Following are some tips to keep your body’s defenses on the up and up. These tips will help keep you on your feet performing all the duties beckoning to you

  • Take probiotics. Available at your local health food store, this supplement boosts your immune system’s defenses. Swallow a capsule or two each morning before you head out the door. It’s a simple and quick way to help fight the flu by preventing it.  Add a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, 1-3 times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria that can make you sick. It also has been known to give one an overall feeling of increased energy and well being.
  • Eat garlic. A natural antibiotic, this often-avoided food has medicinal value that will not only keep the vampires away, but the doctor, too. The body doesn’t become immune to garlic as it would to a prescription antibiotic, therefore you can reap the positive benefits continually.
  • Take a good multivitamin. Provide your body with all the ammunition you can to combat the germs it will come into contact with. In our polluted environment, we need all the help we can get.
  • Make healthy food choices. Fuel your body with balanced nutrition so it will be strong and function properly. The more nutrition you consume, the stronger your immune system will be. Treat your body well and it will do the same for you.
  • Wash your hands! Germs are on the rampage these days and cleanliness is vital to your health. You never know what illness lurks on doorknobs or shopping carts. Keep a big bottle of hand sanitizer in your car as well as a small one in your purse or pocket.
  • Rest. Get to sleep early and stay well rested. Enough sleep cannot only enhance your immune system, but give you that extra ‘pep in your step’ you need to make it through the day.   The suggestions above should carry you through winter’s cold and flu season sniffle-free. Just takes a little bit of effort but it is truly worthwhile.

 

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