9 Easy & Natural Ways to Prevent Flu
Flu is very different from the common cold, and although it can often be treated without medical intervention from your GP, it can take longer, and normally symptoms are more severe. The symptoms of flu can come on very quickly, and include; a sudden fever; an aching body; feeling tired or even exhausted; a dry or chesty cough; a sore throat; a headache; difficulty in sleeping; a loss of appetite; diarrhoea or tummy pain; and nausea, or actually being sick.
Although there are a number of different natural remedies that you can do to help once you have flu, obviously the better thing to do is to take appropriate precautions in order to prevent flu from developing. Of course, in the UK, the flu jab is readily available, often free of charge; however, there are times when you might not want to turn to medicine, and instead opt for more natural preventions. There are certain things that you can do that will lower your chances of catching flu.
If you are experiencing symptoms, and you are worried, please contact your GP for more advice. It should be noted that the flu is very contagious, and can easily be passed from person to person so appropriate measures should be taken.
Here are just some of the natural ways that you can prevent flu as we enter flu season.
Wash your hands frequently
One of the best and easiest ways to prevent catching the flu virus is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
To do this effectively, you should scrub your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds in order to kill the viruses. Try and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands beforehand.
Keep your gut healthy
What many people do not realise is that over eighty percent of your immune system is actually located in your gut, so by keeping this healthy, you are much more likely to fight off infections, and viruses, such as the common cold and the flu virus.
One of the easiest ways to keep your gut healthy is to take a probiotic that has at least 25 billion units. You can get good quality probiotics in most supermarkets, but this will effectively help to keep up the levels of good bacteria in your gut and help to fight off any infections that you come into contact with.
Ensure that you are getting enough sleep
Although it is not always easy to get enough sleep at times, it really is one of the most effective ways for you to ward off any infections.
This is because your body recuperates from the daily exposure to the toxins it has faced whilst you are sleeping; so repeatedly having too little sleep will significantly affect your immune system in a negative way.
Experts recommend that adults should be getting between seven and nine hours sleep every night.
Reduce your stress levels
This is not always an easy thing to do but try and recognise what is causing you to feel stressed in your life. Once you have identified the causes, you can try and take appropriate measures to reduce this, as stress really suppresses our immune system, which will make you more likely to catch the flu virus.
Great ways of helping you to relax include, meditation, yoga and acupuncture.
Stock up on antioxidants
Antioxidants are absolutely vital for your immune function. Glutathione, turmeric and vitamin C are all great examples of immune boosters.
Glutathione is the main antioxidant in your body, which is responsible for your immune system, as well as helping your liver to detox. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is the orange pigment, and this is an incredibly powerful antioxidant used to help the cardiovascular function. Vitamin C will provide your body with the protection that it requires, and will help to support and boost your immune system, which will then leave you much more able to fight off common viral infections.
Limit your sugar and alcohol consumption
When the cold weather approaches, most of us like nothing better than tucking into some comfort food that is normally laden with sugar. However; what many of us do not realise is that too much sugar will actually hinder your immune system, making it much more difficult for your body to fight off infections.
Get outside when you can
Vitamin D is a really powerful way to boost your immune system, thus the ability to prevent flu, and of course, one of the best ways to get your daily intake of vitamin D is of course from the sun. Of course, during the time when flu is likely to stroke, particularly in England, there is somewhat of a lack of sunshine, and as a result, people are lacking in this vital vitamin.
One way of rectifying this though is to take a good quality vitamin D supplement. Vitamin K will help to ensure that this vitamin is absorbed more effectively, but a good start is simply to up your vitamin D intake.
Take a zinc supplement
Zinc is another incredibly powerful antioxidant, which plays a really big part in your immune health, and will help you prevent flu before it strikes.
One of the reasons that zinc is so effective is because it is vital for gene regulation, and the functioning of neutrophils, which are natural killer cells, and lymphocytes, which are your white blood cells.
We are all guilty of letting our exercise regimes slip by the wayside as the winter months hit, and it becomes colder and darker, but actually, exercise can help to boost your immune system by increasing your circulation and relieving stress.
Better circulation will allow antibodies to travel through the bloodstream much faster, which will make it far easier for your immune system to kick into action, and to fight off an illness.
If you can’t prevent flu this season then read our list of several Home Remedies which help you rid your flu