Updated: Nov 25
Sick of being sick? Use these strategies to keep that dreaded cold at bay this flu season. The best part? It won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Tip #1 - Get more exercise
A study reveals that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get those nostrils clogged. Exercise creates more of virus-fighting white blood cells needed to fight the virus.
Tip #2 - Eat more chicken
Chicken lovers would love this one.
When you’re low on protein, you’re also dealing with a weak immune system. Some immune-boosting chemicals, like cytokines, need extra proteins to keep the flu virus at bay. All the more reason to love chicken.
"The flu season isn't really the best time of the year for a lot of immunocompromised folks." – Ijeoma Ononenyi, FNP, Serene Bold Health Clinic, HTX
Tip #3 - Schedule a massage session
Studies have shown that massage improves immunity by enhancing the circulation of cells that kill viruses. Massages also lower the stress hormone known as cortisol, which has been shown to kill immune cells. Isn't this a great reason to schedule a spa day?
Tip #4 - Eat more phytochemical foods
Studies have shown that colorful fruit and vegetables are enriched with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These include peppers, broccoli, garlic, onions, and many more.
Don't search for a specific recipe for this one. Instead, make a nutrient-rich soup – it’s not only nutritious and very tasty, but can also be considered a comfort food to many.
Tip #5 - Get vaccinated
It's always a great idea to get vaccinated. The Houston Health Department highly recommends it.
Tip #6 - Take your supplements
Boost your immunity with natural supplements such as elderberry or African potato extract. Don't forget your vitamins C and D.
This article was inspired by a publication on news 24.com
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