How to Prevent a Flu

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Prevent a Flu
Prevent a Flu

How to Prevent a Flu. Maintaining a healthy immune system is your best bet for avoiding the flu, a.k.a. influenza. Avoid the tissue box this year by following these simple steps.

Avoid sharing drinking and eating utensils with people who are sick.

Wash your hands before eating'it really does help keep germs away.

Increase your vitamin C intake'which may boost your immune system'by eating ample amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. Oranges, tomatoes and broccoli are good choices.

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Herbal teas and diluted fruit juices are good options for increasing your water intake.

Get enough sleep. Most people need at least 7 to 8 hours a night for optimal rest.

Manage your stress. Chronic stress can weaken the immune system.

Take a multivitamin every day to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals.

Exercise regularly'it's been shown to reduce the occurrence of colds and flu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vaccines (flu shots) are available and are particularly recommended for high-risk groups, such as those with immune disorders and anyone over the age of 50.
  • Some studies have shown that the herbal supplement echinacea may be effective at fighting flu symptoms when taken during the first few days of illness'but not prior to exposure. However, there is no scientific data that supports the effectiveness of echinacea.
  • Too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea and gastric discomfort. Avoid taking more than 500mg of vitamin C twice a day.
  • This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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