Nobody likes getting the flu, but you don’t have to buy rubber gloves or a surgical mask to keep from catching the miserable illness. Learn how to prevent the flu naturally in 3 simple ways.
How to Prevent the Flu Naturally: 3 Steps
1. Wash Your Hands
You’ve heard this one before, but there’s a reason for it: washing your hands can significantly reduce the likelihood of contracting a virus. Doorknobs, keyboards and handshakes will expose you to nasty germs that can cause the flu, or worse. Washing with warm water and soap is the best way to clean your hands, but alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol are better than nothing; also, remember to wash them long enough to recite your ABC’s!
Always wash your hands before prepping food or eating – that’s an essential step. In addition, cleaning the hands before taking care of sick people, giving medicine, and taking out contacts are all important, and you should always wash your hands after doing any of the following: preparing food (especially raw meat or poultry), using the restroom or changing a diaper, touching an animal (yes, those cute little puppies carry germs), blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing into your hands (more on that later), and a host of other actions. Ultimately, keeping your hands germ-free is a great way to keep the flu away.
2. Eat Right
Nutrition is a vital part of staying healthy and fending off all sorts of diseases and illnesses, but if you want to eat right to avoid the flu, you’ll need to consume lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fresh, anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables are the best – kale, spinach, oranges, blueberries, and carrots will all do the trick. Want an extra boost to your flu-defense? Try probiotics, which can be found in yogurt, kefir (a yogurt-like drink), miso, and sauerkraut (just watch out for the hotdog it usually comes with).
Along with eating well to fight off the flu, you’ll be sure to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine by eating fresh & natural veggies, fruits, whole grains and probiotics. So consider your flu-defense diet one that you can continue throughout the year for optimal health, not just when you’re trying to avoid the sniffles