The flu season tends to bring worries about how to best protect your immunity so you don’t fall sick and miss work. The stress gets even more daunting in the new normal when you need to go the extra mile with your defenses against COVID-19. You cannot go slack as there’s always a chance of a new strain or a new virus surfacing.
Luckily, defending yourself against infections is easy, provided you are ready to invest in immunity. A robust immune system is good enough to keep cold and flu at bay, even after exposure at work and other crowded places. No worries. I’m here to help.
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With this mind, I created this article with some tips for immunity to help protect your health during flu season.
Here is the best immunity advice that protects you the most during flu season.
Strengthening your gut gives you a great start with immunity building, The microbes living in your gut enhance digestion, regulate metabolism, and support weight management. They also contribute to a robust immune system. You can rely on probiotics to retain the balance in gut bacteria. These occur in fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, so load up on the right ones to bolster the “good” bacteria in your gut.
Besides loading up on probiotics, you must skip processed foods, sugar, and gluten as they dramatically decrease immune function. The worst part is that you suspect them the least and end up falling prey to flu before you imagine. Ditch the baked goodies and fast foods, and opt for fresh and raw vegetables and fruits. Nutrient-dense foods such as dark leafy greens, berries, sweet potatoes, and salmon have -inflammatory properties that help build up your immune defenses naturally.
This one is a no-brainer as nothing works better than flu shots to save you from infections. Have a checklist of Vaccines ready and get them on time to stay healthy throughout the season. You can discuss the schedules with your healthcare provider to ensure minimal chances of infection. Also, remember to get your COVID boosters because the virus is still a cause of concern.
Torching some calories does more than keep you looking good. It reduces stress. And it lowers the chances of catching a cold during the flu season. Research shows that people who exercise regularly report fewer colds because of stronger immunity. Pick an actionable workout schedule that keeps you fit and active throughout the year. Commit to consistency even as you exercise in moderation.
Surprisingly, getting adequate sleep takes you the extra mile with immunity. Sleep gives your body the break it requires to build its defenses against viruses and infections. Moreover, it reduces mental stress, another factor that elevates the risk of falling sick. Cleaning your sleep-wake cycle is easy if you commit to steering clear of gadgets, late-night outings, and binge-watching. Invest in blackout curtains and pick healthy bedtime rituals like reading and mediation.
Staying ahead of infection in the flu season is easy, provided you do a little more to boost your immunity. Follow these easy tips to keep viruses at bay and avoid infections effectively.
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