Beat the flu

 

A good balance of vitamins and nutrients in your diet replenishes the body and gives it suitable components to boost the immune system.
A good balance of vitamins and nutrients in your diet replenishes the body and gives it suitable components to boost the immune system.

We bring to you a few tips to boost your immunity

By Farhana Chowdhury

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Published: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 2:00 AM

Prevention is better than cure, goes the saying. And there's no better time to boost your immune system than now. With the change in weather, one of the common illnesses that affect children and adults alike is the flu. The real battle against sickness starts from within, so boost that immune system with good habits and well-maintained surroundings:
Make smart food choices
Cut down on junk food and treats, instead stock up on fresh produce and ingredients. A good balance of vitamins and nutrients in your diet replenishes the body and gives it suitable components to boost the immune system. Pay close attention to consuming citrus fruits, pro-biotics such as yoghurt, as well as seasoning such as garlic and turmeric, which contain anti-inflammatory properties and help combat viruses.
Stay hydrated
This point is regularly highlighted yet understated. When thirsty, many of us tend to reach out for juices, caffeinated drinks or carbonated beverages, but nothing truly quenches thirst and protects your body like water. The clear liquid helps maintain thin mucous production, which in turns makes it easier to flush toxins out, especially if you end up with a runny nose. Opt for water at room temperature and drink.
Wash your hands regularly
Be it directly or through surfaces, human contact leaves us susceptible to sickness, as transferred viruses can survive outside the body for a certain period of time. The best solution for this is to wash hands with a generous dose of soap and water. Be conscious, make it a routine, and avoid touching your face before a good scrub. Additionally, carry a bottle of sanitiser to help you maintain clean hands in the absence of water.
Get enough sleep
We may have lost track of time while sitting indoors, but it gives us no reason to disrupt our sleeping pattern. During a good eight to nine hours of sleep, your body releases proteins such as cytokines that helps it fight infections better. To ease your mind and sleep faster, try sipping on a warm cup of milk or lavender tea to ease your senses, turn off all distractions and keep your phone at bay.
Keep your environment clean
Vacuum or dust the house on a weekly basis. Attend to dirty dishes right away and throw out any rags after a couple of uses. You should also invest in a reliable disinfectant and wipe kitchen counters, doorknobs, tables, desks and floors, etc. thoroughly. Leave shoes outside the house, or place them by the doorway to avoid bringing in germs from outside. Viruses are unable to stay airborne when there is moisture in the air, so opt for a quality humidifier to keep your home fresh.
A simple regime like the above can help 'flatten the curve' and help prevent the further spread of the flu.



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