As the Covid war rages on, let’s not forget about our other age-old enemy – the flu!
While we might have learned a lot about facemasks and sanitizers in the last couple of years, we need to make sure that we don’t let our guard down when it comes to having a weakened immune system during flu season. Winning the war against viruses is not a reactive battle but a proactive one. We’ve got to get them before they get to us!
So here are 5 essential germ fighters to ensure that you are victorious this flu season.
Soap and Water
No joke! These are the most important weapons in your inventory!
We too often take this substance for granted. Handwashing transformed the medical industry in the 19th century and has just as powerful an effect on our personal life.
Every time you come into your house from outside, make it the law for your family to wash your hands on entry. Man cannot live on sanitizer alone!
Fruits and Vegetables
Flu season is not a time to be complacent with essential nutrients. Although it’s kind of a cliche; you are what you eat!
Fresh fruit and vegetable is the foundation to a healthy immune system. The opposite is also true; we could be eating things that deplete it.
Processed and sugary foods do not help our being thrive and although it might taste good, it comes at a price!
Make Fruit and veg a staple part of your diet. If you can, eat raw. Don’t overcook because this destroys the very properties that are needed to build our immune system.
Along with a healthy balanced diet, you want to be certain that your immune system is topped up with the necessary vitamins and minerals. The tried-and-true Vitamins like C, D, and B groups are an indispensable part of your flu-ready kit.
As the saying goes “An army marches on its stomach”. Make sure that that you don’t starve your biochemical infantry and get what you need to devastate those winter coughs!
Okay, not technically a product, but still another underrated tool! Unless you have a chronic illness, your immune system is only as motivated as you are.
Regular exercise ensures that the production and distribution of white blood cells are at their peak. These little soldiers only follow the lead of their commander (that’s you, by the way!).
Even a daily walk for 30 to 60 minutes may be enough to keep your little troopers’ morale up. But everybody is different. Take the time to figure out what’s best for you.
Recharge your batteries! When the Commander is tired, the biochemical army suffers.
The body’s circadian rhythm regulates the productive processes of the immune system. So regular and good quality sleep ensures that the factory that produces your troops is in tip-top condition.
Make sure you are getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day – even on weekends. That way your immune system is recharged daily for whatever battle is ahead!
The Greatest of the Germ Fighters Is You!
Remember, you are the Commander of your biochemical army. No matter what tools you have at your disposal, it’s up to you to care enough to support your immune system! Keep these germ fighters close and ensure your victory this flu season!
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