How to prevent the flu when you feel it coming on
For some of us, the autumn comes with a cold or a flu and all of its symptoms: fever, runny nose, sore throat. How can these “fall” symptoms be avoided?
1. Take vitamins and mineral supplements
Vitamins (A, C, E), Zinc, and Selenium will make your immune system stronger. You can have them from pharmaceutical supplements or, more indicated, from food.
Paprika, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Chili Powder, carrots, sweet potatoes are great sources of VITAMIN A; lemon, pineapple, limes, apples, oranges, grapefruits – VITAMIN C; almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, dried basil and oregano- VITAMIN C.
Vitamin D shouldn’t miss from the vitamin list: the daily intake should be at least 5,000 IU of Active D3 to maintain a healthy, well functioning immune system. This amount is enough to keep your liver and nervous system working well to fight off any toxins or viruses that could get you sick by weakening your immune system.
2. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
If we sleep at least 8 hours per night, our nervous and immune systems rest and “recharge” giving us more energy. Sleep boosts our immune system and allows our nervous system to function more effectively.
3. Drink plenty of fluids each day
Drinking more water each day keeps your organs and tissues hydrated and flushes out any toxins that may enter the body possibly weakening the immune system. Drinking at least 1/2 of your weight in ounces, you not only maintain proper hydration, but you prevent your body from getting sick easier.
4. Smoke less if you’re a smoker – Even if a cigarette might make you feel warmer, smoking weakens a person’s respiratory and immune systems, so you’ll get sick much easier.
5. Sweat out the future cold – Before a cold develops, you might feel weak and feverish. The best way to get rid of these symptoms is to sweat through exercise. If it’s cold and rainy outside, some indoor exercises are recommended. By doing so, not only will you sweat out the symptoms, but you will also be healthier in the process.
6. Always keep your hands clean – A common cold is easy to contract through dirty hands. As the rainy season comes, the common cold escalate becomes more “common”. To keep yourself safe, clean your hands regularly. Use a hand sanitizer when you do not have access to some running water. When you cannot sanitize your hands immediately, just don’t put them close to your face! This is the most common way to transmit the cold virus!
7. Use the power of your mind to keep the cold at distance – The human mind is the most powerful weapon against any disease. If you’ll set your brain into the “not getting sick mode”, you will not get sick! Your body will act accordingly if your will is strong enough.