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8 Smart Ways to Avoid the Flu This Year

admin - November 6, 2013

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Flu season is right around the corner, and the last thing anyone wants to deal with is nausea, aches and fever. Not only is it no fun to be sick, the flu can last a week or two. This usually means missing work or other important activities that you don’t want (or can’t afford) to miss.

So, what can you do to keep yourself healthy and avoid the flu this year (besides get a flu shot?) The following are eight flu prevention tips to help boost the immune system just in time for flu season.

  1. Practice Meditation – Meditation is good for your health. According to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2012, the odds of catching a cold are cut by as much as 50 percent through meditation.
  1. Exercise More – Exercising helps to increase the flow of blood throughout the body, thereby improving the circulation of immune cells throughout the body.
  1. Eat More Probiotics – Probiotics are foods that contain good bacteria such as Lactobacillus, which helps to reduce respiratory infections as well as gastrointestinal infections. A number of studies have shown that individuals who take probiotics are 42 percent less likely to catch a cold.
  1. Eat More Mushrooms – Mushrooms can help an individual’s immune cells to multiply, making fighting off the flu that much more effective.
  1. Consume Less Sugar – The more sugar a person consumes, the less their white blood cells, which help to fight off infections, are able to fight off viruses and bacteria. An individual’s immune system stays depressed for a number of hours after sugar is consumed, making them more prone to catching the flu.
  1. Drink More Water – Staying hydrated will help prevent infections. This is because an individual’s mucous membranes as well as the immune cells located in their secretions help to defend against cold viruses. If they are dehydrated, they won’t do as good of a job doing so
  1. Wash Your Hands Regularly – Colds and flu can easily spread through bacteria, which means everyone should wash their hands regularly.
  1. Get Better Sleep – Your immune system needs rest to fight against colds and flu effectively. According to a study conducted at the Carnegie Mellon University, subjects that averaged less than seven hours of sleep on a nightly basis were roughly three times more likely to catch a cold than the subjects that averaged a minimum of eight hours of sleep.

For more information about disease prevention, learn about understanding risk factors for dangerous health problems, such as heart disease and stroke, from Life Line Screening now.


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