This summer has been exceptionally hot and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to some cooler weather. With autumn underway and winter around the corner, it’s inevitable that flu season is almost here. While there is no sure fire way to avoid the flu, there are some steps you can be taking now to give yourself the best chance of avoiding it.
Get the flu vaccine
The Australian government recommends that the yearly flu vaccine is the best way of preventing the flu. While the vaccine is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age, free vaccines are available for some at risk demographics, including people over 65, pregnant women and people with some pre-existing health conditions. More information on the vaccine can be found by contacting your local GP.
Wash your hands
While this sounds obvious, one of the best ways to prevent contracting contagious illness is to wash your hands thoroughly, especially when you are around areas with lots of people or around other people who are unwell. If you work in a busy location, hand sanitizer can also help.
Studies have found that people who regularly engage in exercise are less likely to contract the cold or flu virus. This is not a ‘quick fix’ and needs to be something that is part of your regular lifestyle in order to be effective. Try to aim for moderate exercise at least three times a week.
Maintain a healthy diet
A healthy and nutritious diet can increase your chances of avoiding illnesses like colds and the flu, and will help you bounce back quicker if you do get sick. There are no magic tricks, just a well-balanced diet full of lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Remember, the healthier you are, the more chance you have of giving your body to tools to fight off a virus.
Researchers have found that people who are under extreme stress are almost 50% more likely to get sick than those that aren’t. By maintaining your stress levels, you are giving yourself a fighting chance to avoid catching the flu. Try walking, yoga or simply a few hours of ‘me time’ each day. There’s a lot to be gained for reducing stress levels.
Get a good night’s sleep
Lack of sleep can negatively impact your immune system making you more vulnerable to catching the illnesses going around. By maintaining regular, quality sleep, you are giving yourself a much better chance of being able to fight off a virus.
By drinking plenty of water each day, you are helping to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and adequate hydration has been found to help boost your immune system. Experts recommend around 8 glasses of water each day.
They always say that prevention is better than a cure, and no one likes to be sick. By following these simple guidelines, you’ll be giving yourself the best shot at avoiding catching a cold or the flu this season.
Take a good quality vitamin C + zinc supplement
Hivita Daily C + Zinc is a high potency supplement formulated to strengthen your immunity and protect against colds .and flu. It contains a high dose of vitamin C (100mg) buffered with Calcium ascorbate so it is gentle on the stomach.