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!
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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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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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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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