Winter is the season when people around us are most afflicted with cough, cold and flu. We cannot avoid being surrounded by people, but can certainly take measures to prevent the onset of infections. Here are some tips for cold and flu prevention to stay healthy this winter:
1. Hand wash
Washing your hands is the single most important tip that cannot be emphasized enough. Remember to wash your hands every time you use the washroom. In addition, avoid touching your face as this allows disease-causing germs easy access into your body.
2. Healthy and balanced diet
Food that is rich in vitamins and minerals is a good source of immune boosters. Avoid sugary foods as these add more calories and also attract infections. So, make sure you add more vegetables to your lunch and dinner and fruits and dry fruits to your snack. You may also try probiotics, ginger tea, garlic and citrus fruits.
Regular exercise and activity helps boost metabolism and immunity as well. A brisk walk for 45 minutes every day is known to reduce the risk of cold and flu by about a third. What is more, it gets better with time.
4. Good sleep
A good night’s sleep is essential for your body to recuperate and bounce back from the daily grind. Make sure you get your 8 to 10 hours of rest to build immunity and keep those germs at bay. Sleep deficit is known to sap your energy meter and deplete immune resources.
A healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. In fact, they go hand in hand. Put aside just 10 minutes of your day – early in the morning or late in the evening for meditation. Meditation helps calm down your senses and you will be rejuvenated with increased mental strength to tackle the stresses of life.
6. Avoid carriers
People who have recovered from a bout of flu are still harboring the virus. So, it is advisable to restrict proximity with the people around you. It also helps to disinfect your kitchen and washrooms regularly.
7. Stay hydrated
Water is very important for the immune cells and the mucous membranes to release their secretions. If they are not properly hydrated they do not work as well and so cannot defend our body against viruses. It is recommended that you consume one glass of water per every alcoholic or caffeinated drink.