Simple Ways To Keep Flu At Bay This Winter
Winter may bring with it a respite from the scorching summer sun, but not everyone welcomes winter with a gladdened heart. You see, winter is not just the season of parties, festivities, good food, and comfortable clothes; it is also when a lot of people catch the flu. While the flu is not deadly anymore, it poses a huge inconvenience. It can make you feel very sick, trigger pain in your sinuses, give you splitting headaches, confine you to your bed, make you miss work and you may even have to skip those celebrations you have been looking forward to.
And right now, catching the flu can be even more dangerous. There’s a pandemic raging on. If the flu weakens your immunity, you may be at greater risk of catching COVID. On top of that, the symptoms of flu are very similar to COVID and may frighten you into thinking that you have actually contracted the dreaded viral infection.
So how do you reduce the chances of catching the flu this winter?
- Avoid temperature fluctuation
One of the top reasons why people catch the flu is because they confuse their bodies with rapidly changing temperatures. Many people use heaters especially in those places in India where it gets frigid in winters. But coming in from the cold into the warmth of your house or vice versa is sure to make you catch the flu. So even if you have to use the heater, make sure there isn’t a huge temperature difference. And when you go out, wear your woolies and your flannels.
- Gorge on citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are the primary source of Vitamin C. This vitamin works miracles to improve immunity. Fruits you should stock up on are oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit, ‘mosambi’, etc.
Other fruits that will give your immunity a jump start are strawberries, ‘amla’, apples, pears, papaya, pineapple, etc.
- Shop fresh vegetables
Even though you need extra doses of Vitamin c during the winter to boost your immunity, the thing about nutrients is that they work in tandem. Each is dependent on the other. That is why you need all the vital minerals and vitamins together to make your body and immunity strong. And no other food is a better repository of nutrients than fresh vegetables of multiple colors. They are loaded with not just nutrients but also a plethora of antioxidants that prevent the destruction of immunity cells by oxidative stress.
Vegetables you must eat throughout the week are- tomatoes, onions, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, peas, beet, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
- Get some sunlight
Not many people know that Vitamin D is vital for a fully-functioning immunity. So go out and warm yourself in the sun.
Exercise can keep a lot of illnesses at bay, including the flu. Working out improves blood supply. It relieves stress and anxiety- a factor responsible for weak immunity. You can exercise easily from the safety of your own home. Working out for at least 20 minutes, 5-6 times a week will suffice.
Averting the flu is really not that difficult. You just have to exercise some caution and live a healthy lifestyle.