As we head into winter seasons we tend to have a round with the flu, especially if we are run down and tired.
Common symptoms include cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, and fever. The typical course of flu is 7-10 days but this will vary depending on the strain and how strong your immune system is at the time of infection.
University of Arizona scientists have found that when someone is sick in an office, it takes only four hours for surfaces like coffeepot handles, copy-machine buttons and the fridge door to show traces of infectious virus.
Ways to prevent colds and flu:
- Have a few early nights or power naps to boost your immune system. Sleep is the most reliable defense against infection.
- drink plenty of fluids and fresh juices to boost the immune system and flush out toxins
- wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face
- stay away from alcohol which will affect your sleep and lower your immune system
- sip a few cups of tea with honey and lemon – breathing the steam stimulates the cilia (hair follicles in the nose) to move germs out. Lemon thins the mucus and honey is antibacterial
- have a protein fix (fish, eggs, or yoghurt) to raise the immune system
- book a flu shot if it works for you
- take zinc lozenges for a few days to boost the immune system
- sanitise your hands after touching office or public surfaces. Some viruses can last on surfaces for 48 hours.
- gargle salt water daily and flush your nose with a saline rinse to help your body clear out viruses
- relax and meditate to lower stress in the body
- have a massage to increase circulation and nourish cells with more oxygen and blood flow
- visit a sauna or steam room and sweat the toxins out
- eat lots of vitamin C and D rich foods including chilli peppers, red bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, peas