The minute the chilly winter weather hits our city, you can be sure the dreaded flu is not far behind. Here are some natural ways to win the battle, as recommended by Fedhealth as part of our #FamilyTime series.
Sip all day
Hot beverages go down easily in the cold months. Sip on hot green tea with honey throughout the day. The steam from the tea stimulates the tiny hair follicles in your nose, helping to get rid of germs, and the honey acts as an antibacterial.
Protein is key
Low protein diets can slow down your immune system. Bulk up on high protein meals this winter. Start the day with eggs or a protein smoothie.
Clean freak in the office
You might get teased for it but your colleagues won’t be laughing when they are hit with the flu. Disinfect surfaces (with an alcohol-based sanitiser) that get touched by lots of people at least once a week. Germs live on surfaces! Don’t forget to wash your hands – sing happy birthday twice while washing your hands, then you’ll know they are germ-free.
It seems simple, but carry your own pen with you. As germs live on all surfaces, it’s better to keep your own pen to sign documents in public spaces like doctor’s rooms or banks. You can even use it to key in the numbers on an ATM!
Massage it out
Who needs an excuse to go for a massage? But if you do – this is a great one! Not only do massages relieve stress, but they also get your circulation going which ultimately boosts your immune system.
Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins
We all know this one but there’s no harm in repeating it. Vitamin C does wonders for building your immunity against the flu. Take Vitamin C tablets every day and drink a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice daily. Strawberries, pineapples, broccoli and bell peppers are also a great source of Vitamin C.