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5 Ways to Avoid the Flu

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3. If you can, quarantine!

This can be a tricky one, especially if you work in an office. If your cube-mate or office-mate has the flu, you  might strongly suggest that he head home to rest. Yeah, to rest! If you have your own cube or office, try to hide out there, if the flu is going around on your floor.

At home, you can try to keep the sick away by putting some space between you and your sick spouse or roommate. That doesn’t have to mean avoiding them completely, of course! It just means doing what you can to avoid their germs. Maybe don’t sit right next to them while you watch a movie, and if you’re having supper together, now’s a good time for you to volunteer to do the cooking.

When my husband got sick a few months ago, he slept in the guest room to try to keep the germs off of me, since being pregnant and sick totally sucks. I don’t think we would have done something this extreme if I hadn’t been pregnant, but I do think it helped! I managed to avoid getting his cold.

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4. Get plenty of exercise

You knew exercise was good for your heart, but there’s more and more evidence that it supports a healthy immune system, too!

Moderate exercise can help protect you from the flu, but the key here is moderate. Endurance exercise, like distance running, can actually weaken your immune system, especially if your body isn’t conditioned to it.

Related Reading: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout

If you’re new to exercise, getting started is often the hardest part. It might seem like it’s too expensive to join a gym, or maybe you feel like you just plain don’t have time to fit a workout into your busy schedule. Even 30 minutes a day a few days a week can make a difference in your immune health. Do what you can, and your body will thank you!

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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
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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