It is that time of the year when the flu goes around the country; the rainy season has almost ended, and the winter is setting in. This is the time when people come down with flu and many viral and respiratory infections. Being down with a bout of flu can take the life out of you sometimes, especially if you are already weak and immobile. Also, it spoils your mood and health during the festive season, and you feel bad, being bedridden, and not able to take part in the regular activities.
So, can one avoid or prevent the flu? We attempt to provide you some tips and tricks that can perhaps help you stay safe from the seasonal flu and also breeze through the season. Many myths go round about the flu, and hence it is better to be informed about what can be done.
Flu can be avoided!
Many people still believe that the flu cannot be avoided and that if you have to get it, you will, as it is contagious. But that is the case; in fact, there is a flu vaccine, duly approved and legal, available within our country. The doctors usually suggest the susceptible lot to actually get vaccinated once a year to avoid the flu, and it is quite safe and effective.
Older people, especially those with low immunity, infants and toddlers, pregnant ladies, and those who have respiratory issues, are usually advised by doctors to take the flu vaccination, as otherwise, the flu can cause a lot of complications. Sometimes, people do not follow up on this advice due to certain fears and myths. The truth is that you do not get the flu because you took the shot, and it only helps you and does not make you susceptible to other diseases. Hence, one of the safest options to avoid the flu is to discuss it with your doctor and get vaccinated.
You can easily pick up the flu if some sick person near you coughs or sneezes, or even by touching a surface that they have. You may be surprised to know that the flu germs linger on surfaces like counters, tables, tables, doorknobs, faucets, etc. for as long as 8 hours. So, when you touch such a contaminated surface at that time, you automatically pick up the virus, especially if you are low on immunity. It is evident that you cannot avoid sick people totally, as you may be coming contact directly or indirectly in this way, anywhere in public places.
So, the best option is to maintain strict personal hygiene to avoid picking up the flu. You need to wash your hands often, if possible, slightly warm soapy water. It may be better to carry a small sanitizer bottle with you, which you can use every once in a while to make sure that you sanitize the virus, if at all. You could also carry disinfectant wipes with you to clean surfaces before you touch or use them. Make sure not to touch your mouth, nose, eyes, etc. without disinfecting your hands. Also, avoid sharing any food, utensils, etc. with someone during this season.
Protect your body
One needs to make sure that a balanced diet is followed, to ensure that the body’s nutritional needs are met, and immunity is built up. Eating fruits like pomegranates, plums, prunes, apples, and black grapes can help. Also, include onion and garlic in the cooking, and veggies like beetroot, and brinjal. If you like seafood, perhaps this is the best time to eat them, as it helps with boosting immunity. Avoid raw foods and stick to cooked meals only. One also needs to make sure that eating is mindful and should chew the food thoroughly to help the gut digest the food easily.
Regular exercise and also getting a good 6 to 8 hours of sleep is critical. If at all you have any Vitamin or mineral deficiency (Iron), please discuss with a doctor and take supplements to ensure that the body’s immunity is maintained. Taking a little precaution of covering yourself well, especially your ears and nose, when you step out, can keep you safe from the flu as well.