6 Ways to Prevent the Flu
There’s no doubt about it—having the flu is no fun. With new flu viruses fighting for a place in our bodies each year, it’s important to develop healthy habits to keep you, your family, and your coworkers flu-free. Follow these six guidelines to prevent the flu and stay healthy this season!
1. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Germs spread most easily through contact with these areas. Make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your face and you could save yourself some serious germ spreading!
2. Eat plenty of protein.
Studies have shown that diets low in protein can significantly weaken the immune system by stunting T-cell and macrophage function, as well as reducing production of Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies. Without these internal warriors fighting for you, your body is susceptible to virus and infection.
3. Pop some zinc.
Taking up to 50 mg of zinc daily at the first sign of illness, could help your body fight off viruses and infections. Research varies on natural remedies, but hey, even if it’s the placebo effect staving off the flu, we’ll take it!
4. Get plenty of sleep.
You’ve heard it a million times: you need 7 to 8 hours of sleep to keep your body functioning at its best. Well, the verdict is in and getting that amount of shut eye each night can up your immune defense substantially.
5. Get vaccinated.
The flu vaccine has been around for some time (since 1933 to be exact) and has proven to be up to 60 percent effective at fighting the flu. Anyone over 6 months old should get an annual flu shot for the best odds of combating the virus.
6. Stay home.
If you do get sick, do yourself and your coworkers a favor and stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Then, you can start with step one to prevent future sickness!
Follow these tips and your odds of remaining flu-free this winter will be significantly increased! And of course, we’ve got your flu shot covered.