Flu Season can be a Healthy Season

Do you always get the flu each year? Try these steps for prevention. 

No matter what side of the fence you sit on regarding the yearly flu shot there are some natural ways to keep your immune system healthy for this flu season.  I am sure you have heard all of these before but the reminder is always good.  Sometimes we fall into bad habits that our busy lives seem to encourage so we just need to be reminded to come back to the basics.

1. Wash your hand often with soap and warm water. It doesn’t need to be antibacterial soap.  Sing the ABC’s to make sure you are washing long enough to kill the germs.

2. Sneeze and cough into your elbow to stop the spread of germs.

3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day.

4. Eat your vegetables – especially the green leafy ones.

5. Sleep.  This is an important one.  Sleep is the only time your body can rest and repair from the day.  Make sure you are getting enough of it.  This includes turning off all electronic devices early enough in your evening that you can go to sleep right way and let your body rest and do its work.

6. Exercise.  A brisk walk can do wonders for keeping your body’s defenses up.

7. Get your daily dose of D – Vitamin D liquid supplement that is.  Keeping your Vitamin D levels up have been shown in numerous studies to help keep your immune system strong decreasing your risk for colds and flu, as well as, a host of other health benefits from heart health, breast & bone health, and helping reduce asthmatic symptoms.1   In the book The Vitamin D Solution, Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, highlights the many benefits to raising your vitamin D levels.

8. Use other vitamins like vitamin C and a multi-vitamin.

9. If you do feel under the weather remember that rest, a nice cup of tea, vitamin C, homeopathy and herbal treatments can go a long way to helping you feel better without needing to reach for the antibiotics.

10. Stay informed about what is happening in your workplace and children’s schools.  Stay home when you are sick and encourage others to stay at home until they are feeling better.  This will reduce the likelihood of spreading viruses.

1 Massachusetts General Hospital (2009, February 24). Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Risk Of Colds, Flu. Science Daily.