By: Poelano Malema
During the winter season, many people suffer from colds and flu. One of the best ways to keep flu away is to boost your immune system.
There are several things that you can do that will help improve your immune system.
Let’s look at them below.
Getting a flu vaccine is one of the best ways to ensure that you don’t get a flu infection.
“People should ideally get vaccinated just before the influenza season begins for the most effective coverage, although getting vaccinated at any time during the influenza season can still help prevent flu infections,” states the World Health Organisation.
Many local pharmacies offer flu vaccinations.
Pile up on Vitamin C
Vitamin C has been proven to help fight off colds and flu. You can get Vitamin C from supplements, fruits, herbs and vegetables.
These include lemons, ginger, broccoli, chili peppers and kale.
There are many benefits of exercising.
Exercise is very important, not only for keeping you fit, but it also strengthens your immune system.
Wash your hands
Germs spread very quickly from the hands, so it is important to wash your hands as often as possible. We touch our noses and mouths with our hands, and that could result in germs spreading.
The World Health Organisation states: “Influenza can spread quickly between people when an infected person coughs or sneezes, dispersing droplets of the virus into the air. It can be also spread by hands contaminated by the virus. Precautionary measures should be taken to limit transmission. People should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing, then throw it out and wash their hands thoroughly and regularly.”
So, try washing your hands as often as you can.
Carry your own pen
Being in public spaces, especially the office, increases your chances of getting infected with flu.
Many of us use pens at banks and offices to sign off documents.
Rather carry your own pen to avoid catching germs left by other people who have used the pen. Also, make sure you have your own dishes at the office to avoid using dishes that are used by people carrying germs.
At times you may need to use lifts, touch door handles, ATMs, or even the office phone. This can cause you to be exposed to germs. The best thing to do is carry alcohol-based sanitizers and ensure you sanitize your hands and any surface before touching it.
A healthy diet helps support your immune system. Several vitamins and minerals found in various foods help improve your health. Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin E are good immune boosters.
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