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5 Ways to Avoid the Flu

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5 Ways to Avoid the Flu

How are you faring this flu season? If you’ve managed to dodge the ick that’s going around so far, high five! Here are a few ways that you can make you chances of coasting through flu season unscathed even better and avoid the flu naturally!

Related Reading: Already got the flu? Check out our list of natural flu remedies to help you get better faster!

Since I’m pregnant, I’ve been feeling a little bit pressured to get a flu shot this season, and honestly I’m torn about it. There seems to be mixed evidence that it helps, and since there are so many varieties of flu, you can get the shot and still end up with the flu, if you’re exposed to a strain that the formulators didn’t account for.

Looking for some shot-free ways to help you avoid the flu? There are some non-medical steps you can take to help equip your body to fight those germs!

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washing hands

1. Wash your hands like it’s your job.

Our hands are powerful germ transmitters. Someone with the flu touches something, you touch that same something, and then you touch your mouth, nose, face, or eyes, and you’ve just given the virus a leg up into your body. Boo!

Of course, you always wash your hands after you use your bathroom, but to avoid flu you’ll want to add a little more hand-washing to your routine. After a trip to the grocery store, for example, wash those hands before you put your food away. Do the same when you get home from work or a night out.

It’s also a good idea to keep your hands away from your face. Your nose, mouth, and eyes are all easy entry points for flu germs. You don’t have to obsessively wash your hands, but if you’re the type of person that touches your face a lot, you may want to do a little extra hand-washing to protect yourself.

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oranges

2. Take your vitamins.

Vitamina A, C, D, and E all help support your immune system, so make sure you’re getting plenty! Here are the recommended daily allowances for each (for adults):

  • Vitamin A – 900 micrograms
  • Vitamin C – 75-90 micrograms; take an extra 35 micrograms per day if you smoke
  • Vitamin D – 600 IU, but for extra flu protection you might want to up it to 1000 IU
  • Vitamin E - 15 milligrams or 22.4 IU

Of course, you can also get more of these vitamins by adding vitamin-rich foods to your diet. Try orange veggies – like carrots and sweet potatoes – for vitamin A, citrus for vitamin C, and avocados for a vitamin E boost. The only one that’s tricky to get through diet is vitamin D. Click here to read more on vitamin D.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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11:16AM PDT on May 3, 2013

all good tips in general

8:38PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Good info!

6:53AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Garlic and Onion are the best way to kill viruses.

11:25AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

I want to share a recipe for the flu.
You need: 2 leaves of aloe
Juice of 1 orange
Honey
1 purple onion
Just put it in the blender and smash it. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours and then drink the juice from the surface, every 30 or 40 minutes for 2 or 3 days. I promise that you will be cured with this home remedy. My husband safe his life whit this simple recipe from pneumonia and influenza.
Believe it or not!!

8:23AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Also remember to have some things (remedies, comfort products) in the home stocked up when a cold does strike so you don't have to use all your energy dragging yourself out to the store to get some and passing the germs along. Keeping oneself warm is a good way to prevent a cold as well.

11:43PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Do not spread your flu around;thanks for these.

7:42PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

I second Nancy's comment....STAY HOME IF YOU'RE SICK!

10:35AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

How about getting rest and avoiding excessive emotional stress? Every time I get sick, and I mean EVERY time, I am in some way not taking care of myself or failing to deal with some emotional situation that is affecting me daily. I have been sick enough to miss work about three times in the last 10 years, and I religiously AVOID antibacterial hand washes and wipes.

Another trick I have: the minute I start feeling under the weather, I take the rest of the day off. I rest up, sleep and eat well, and avoid all stress. 9 times out of 10, I am healthy and feeling good by the next day.

We're all exposed to germs every day. Avoiding germs is less important than caring for your own immune system that fights them off. I find that caring for myself physically and emotionally is the best way to stay healthy.

--- Steve

8:53AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

So far i've been pretty healthy this winter. I've been washing my hands all the time and using hand sanitizer at work (I work in retail so i'm touching money and products all day). I take a lot of vitamins everyday, drink lots of water and try and eat as much veggies and fruit as I can. Also keeping the house clean helps. Making sure i'm washing handles and knobs often.

4:31AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Colloidal Silver (a natural "antibiotic") plus Organa Mineral Drink (which has 76 organic, plant minerals). The dose is small, and they prevent our symptoms worsening and relieve symptoms within 24 hours. We get these from Global Light Network (online or via freecall).

I also agree with supplemented A,C,D & E.

Three years ago I found that we suffer poor immunity (and chronic conditions) due to toxicity (including chlorine and fluoride) along with widespread deficiency in critical nutrients and especially minerals (depleted from soils) . Two of the main ones - magnesium and boron, which must function together - are affordable and readily available in their pure and natural form (although corporate interests strive to sabotage our access to these).

Magnesium is most efficient and effective when applied to the skin (or added to a foot soak) in the form of "Magnesium Oil" (which is actually condensed seawater). See Dr Carolyn Dean's website or the product information website of Global Light Network.

Boron is best consumed in its natural and pure ionic form, which is marketed as "Borax". For details about dose, etcetera, see the website of Walter Last and read his 2012 article titled, "The Borax Conspiracy". Boron (in Borax) purportedly even removes fluoride accumulated in the body plus normalises oestrogen and testosterone levels (safely).

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