Runny noses, stuffy heads and aching bodies can only mean one thing: cold and flu season is in full swing. Get 40 ways to fight the flu and outsmart a cold!
1. Confirm the germ.
2. Open a window to cross-ventilate your home.
3. Have sex to boost your immunity.
4. Eat chicken soup.
5. Try a supplement, such as elderberry, to help boost immunity.
6. Get a moderate amount of exercise to strengthen your immune system.
7. Avoid crowds.
8. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night.
9. Don't share drinks.
10. Don't touch your face.
11. Get a flu shot.
12. Use a wedge pillow to keep congestion from pooling in your chest.
13. Sprinkle apple cider vinegar on your pillow to help break up congestion.
14. Put stuffed animals in the freezer overnight to kill germs.
15. Use hot and cold compresses.
16. Use a saline solution or Neti pot to irrigate nasal passages.
17. Try a eucalyptus steam facial, which contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
18. Drink green or black tea because they contain antioxidants and polyphenols that help fight the flu virus.
19. Listen to jazz to boost IGA protein production, the first line of defense against the cold and flu.
20. Try a garlic footbath to help clear nasal passages.
21. Eat apples for flavanoids, antioxidants that help boost immunity.
22. Start your day with The Doctors Parfait.
23. Eat healthier comfort foods.
24. Eat spicy foods, such as peppers, because capsaicin, an ingredient found in spicy foods, has antibacterial properties and can help clear up sinuses.
25. Eat garlic cloves to boost immunity.
26. Eat clams because they are high in zinc, which helps fight infection.
27. Take vitamin C. Try some creative recipes!
28. Eat foods high in vitamin E.
29. Shop for international foods, such as Soba noodles and bok choy for a boost in immune-boosting elements.
30. Avoid eating foods high in saturated or trans-saturated fats, because they suppress the immune system and can cause chronic, low-level inflammation.
31. Be wary of hidden germs on ATMs and credit card machines.
32. Sanitize keyboards, remote controls, cell phones and other electronics.
33. Don’t touch door or toilet handles.
34. Take your medicine.
35. Use an air purifier to help sanitize your home.
36. Stay hydrated with liquids, such as coconut water, to replenish electrolytes.
37. Cover your mouth with your elbow when you sneeze.
38. If a mother is sick, she should continue breastfeeding, because it passes on the antibodies, rather than the illness, to the baby.
39. Exercise, but don’t overexert yourself or you will suppress your immune system. If your symptoms have migrated into your chest, then take a break from exercise.
40. Gargle with salt water to decrease inflammation and loosen phlegm.
Who Should Get the Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
• Children ages 6 months to 19 years
• Health care workers
• Pregnant women
• People with underlying, chronic health conditions
Steps to Prevent Contracting the Flu
• Wash your hands often
• Use antibacterial wipes and gels with 60 percent alcohol content
• Don't touch your eyes, mouth or nose, unless your hands are clean
• Take vitamins
• Eat healthily
• Keep your sugar intake below 100 grams per day (approximately two sodas' worth) and minimize alcohol consumption. Excessive sugar and alcohol intake can suppress and impede your immune system.
Learn more about the flu.