The 2014-2015 flu season was one of the worst on record. It even reached epidemic status. Based on surveys from CDC, Americans got cold at least 2-3 times per year on average while this number reaches to 6 for children, typically each lasting for more than 7 days. This fact shows cold viruses have become more alarming than ever. Although that no guaranteed cure has been found for the common cold yet, we have to take action to beat off colds and flu. As Aviva Patz says “it’s well worth arming yourself against aches, cough, fever and general misery.” Here we provide a list you can do to preventing cold and flu this season:
Get a Flu Shot
A flu shot is not effective completely every time. However, it’s still the number one thing you can do for avoiding many kinds of flu and possibly preventing complications. As flu shots are devised to match each year’s specific circulating flu viruses’ types, the most certain way to avoid it is to have a flu shot. Look for the nearest Rite Aid or CVS store that offer influenza vaccine.
Release Negative Thoughts
Carl Charnetski, MD, professor of psychology at Wilkes University, found that maintaining a positive attitude, happiness, playing with a pet, having sex, massage therapy, and other pleasing practices can help you bolster your immune system. As Peter Jaret has declared in his blog “A research team reported in 2006 that volunteers with a positive outlook on life — people who were generally happy, lively, and calm — were better able to fight off both cold and flu viruses than people who were anxious, hostile, or depressed.”
Keep your Hands Off
Patz has asserted here University of Arizona scientists have found that when someone is sick in an office, it takes only four hours for surfaces like coffeepot handles, copy machine buttons and the fridge door to show traces of the infectious virus.
Rhinoviruses can invade the body by touching contaminated areas or shaking hands. It would be a good idea to put a “Do NOT touch” sign in your mind.
Shook Someone’s Hand? Wash Your Hands
“Wash your hands as much as you can stand, and then some more, especially after wrapping up a visit with someone who’s sick,” says Alan Pocinki, MD. Pocinki practices internal medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Remember, there’s no difference between hot or cold water! You should scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds to dump all rhinoviruses on your skin.
Keep up a Healthy Lifestyle
You may think it is hard to eat healthy on a regular basis. But eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables supports your immune system, Robertson says. And that’s a lot easier than fighting off the flu.
Getting proper nutrition including plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables such as broccoli, apple, parsley, cucumber, carrots, lemon, and mint can fuel your immune system.
On the other side, choosing protein-packed foods throughout the day especially fish, eggs, white meat, beans, milk, and yogurt, can prevent depleting your immune system.
Drinking water (but not cold water) persistently throughout cold and flu season flush toxins out through the body.
Smoking increases the risk of infections by making structural changes in the respiratory tract and decreasing the immune response, according to a study of smokers and infection published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004.
Working out and exercise regularly enhances immune function, Ann G. Kulze, MD, CEO and founder of Dr. Ann and Just Wellness says. Sweating makes you feel getting all the toxins and germs out.
These were some steps you can follow to not surrender by cold and flu. Surely you can find more practices by searching online or talking to your personal doctor.