Flu season is in full swing. With temperatures dropping and air getting drier, influenza cases begin to rise as much as tenfold compared to the rest of the year.1
What is the Flu?
The flu, short for Influenza, is a virus that spreads from person to person through direct or indirect contact, and also through the air. There are various types of the flu virus, and the strain changes throughout the year.
When is Flu Season?
Flu season occurs during the winter months, during the coldest parts of the year in the respective hemisphere. The influenza virus is most prevalent in cold, dry temperatures, but can still be contracted throughout the year.1
Common Flu Symptoms
The flu is a respiratory virus, which attacks the lungs, nose and throat. Symptoms generally include body aches, chills, sweats, congestion, headache, weakness, fatigue and a fever. Flu symptoms appear suddenly, leaving you in bed or on the couch for at least several days.2
Why is the Flu Dangerous?
Complications from the flu can lead to serious illnesses, including pneumonia, making the flu especially dangerous for young children, adults over 65, pregnant women and people who have weakened immune systems.2 The great news is that there are preventative measures to protect your loved ones, and you, during the flu season.
How to Prevent the Flu
While there’s no sure way to prevent any disease (including the flu), being proactive about your health is always a good idea. Things like being more diligent about hand washing, eating healthy food, exercising and getting more sleep are all great preventative measures to fighting the flu. Flu vaccines are also available during this time of year.
Fight the Flu by Boosting Your Immune System
Keeping your body’s defenses strong is a great way to prevent the flu. Here are three ways to boost your immune system and help flight and prevent the flu this season.
Exercise - Exercising regularly is an easy way to keep your immune system strong and healthy. The Mayo clinic advises a minimum of 30 minutes a day.4 Go for a walk, take the kids to the park, or go for full body-wellness and YouTube a pilates class for free online.
Vitamin C - Consuming foods rich in Vitamin C is also a proven way to shorten the life of the virus.3 Oranges are an obvious choice; sweet, delicious and juicy. A whole orange provides you 69.7 mg of Vitamin C.5 In addition to an orange, here are some more fruit and vegetables that contain flu-fighting power, and additional health benefits;
- Red bell peppers have more vitamin C, and include vitamin A which promotes eye health.
- Green bell peppers: a cup provides 200% of your recommended daily allowance and is also a great source of fiber.
- Raw Kale, known as a super vegetable, has the capacity to provide your flu-fighting vitamin C, plus vitamin A, K, and a sizable dose of minerals and fatty acids.
- Broccoli provides 132 mg of vitamin C plus fiber galore.
- Papaya helps to clear your sinuses, brighten your skin, strengthen your bones, and delivers an 88.3 mg of vitamin C.
- Strawberries, a super fruit containing 84.7mg of vitamin C, include antioxidants, folates, potassium, and more. Not only do they help prevent the flu, these red berries support the heart, eye, immune, and brain health.
- Chili peppers, kiwi, pineapple, mango, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower are all packed with more vitamin C than an orange.
Immune-boosting Supplements - Taking probiotics to keep your gut balanced can help ward off the flu. Having healthy gut bacteria regulates more than just digestion, it also helps keep your immune system healthy by targeting bad germs and eliminating them.2
So don’t limit yourself, boost your immune system, use mother nature's gifts and eat delicious fruit and vegetables year-round and specifically during the flu season.
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