How to prevent getting sick from the fluYou can prevent germs from making you ill in two ways: prevent entry into the body by careful hygiene, and if they do get in, make sure your body’s natural immune system is able to fight these germs, so they self-destruct before overwhelming the system.
Keep germs away from your bodyMost flu germs are spread in two ways:
- touching such as hand-to-hand contact
- droplet spread when germs ride along on tiny water droplets that are sneezed or coughed into the air
- avoid shaking hands, but bow or give a head nod
- avoid nose-picking as the nose is a breeding ground for germs
- sneeze into a disposable handkerchief and if you don't have one available, sneeze inside your elbow
- shun coughers and sneezers as much as possible.
- avoid crowded rooms
Take immune-boosting foods and supplementsThe best foods to build a strong immune system are fruits, vegetables, and seafood. The nutrients in plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are called phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are what give fruits and vegetables their rich color. The deeper the color and stronger the flavor of fruits and vegetables, the greater the germ-fighting benefits of the phytonutrients. Tomatoes, red grapes, blueberries, brussels sprouts, chili peppers, onions, and curry are all good sources of phytonutrients. The best overall food to boost your immune system is wild salmon, due to their much higher omega-3 content as opposed to farmed salmon.
Putting more fish and colorful fruits and vegetables on your plate is a big part of flu prevention.
Beneficial foods that boost the immune system
- coldwater fish, especially wild salmon
- flax seed oil
- spices such as turmeric and cinnamon
- beta glucan
- fish oil
- krill oil
- mushroom extracts
- vitamin C and D
Avoid sugar and alcoholEating or drinking too much sugar can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effects of sugar starts less than 30 minutes after you eat it and may last for five hours.
Alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs.
To prevent flu, just eat real foods, especially more fruits, vegetables and seafood.
Keep the nose and sinuses clearFlu germs often settle first in the nose and sinuses. Then the body’s normal infection-fighting system is to pour out mucus into the nose and sinuses. Yet, this fluid gunks up the nose and sinuses, and like water in a stagnant pond, gets infected.
A lot of people and especially children come down with a sinus infection, ear infection, or respiratory tract infection after healing from the flu. Keep nasal passages and sinuses clear by means of nasal irrigation.
A neti pot is useful to prevent flu infections.
“Neti” in Indian or Ayurvedic medicine means “water cleansing.” A neti pot is a very effective way to unclog sinuses.
Add warm saltwater to the pot, tilt your head to one side, and insert the spout of the pot in the upper nostril. The water then flows through one nostril and out the other, flushing the nose and pulling gunk out of the sinuses. A neti pot is one of the most under-appreciated medicine devices for flu prevention.
Another way to loosen nasal and sinus secretions is to use a facial steamer. Add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.
Insert your face into the steamer while taking deep breaths of the nasal-flushing warm moist air.
If you don't have a neti pot nor steam cleaner, do it the old fashioned way with a towel over your head while bending over a bowl of hot steaming water, preferably right before going to bed.
Fascinating studies show your immune system actually gets stronger, especially to flu viruses, during meditation. There's truth in the expression “Don’t worry, be happy!” If you worry too much about flu prevention, you’re more likely to get it.
Addendum in relation to COVID-19 virus:
Important news: if you are thinking to be susceptible to COVID-19 and start taking pain relief like ibuprofen, which is an NSAID-drug, STOP immediately!
These products will make you even more susceptible to COVID19.