High fever, body aches, severe discomfort, nasal congestion, mild cough, constant sneezing. Anyone is at risk of catch flu and need to deal with these discomforts. While not usually a dangerous disease, it can disrupt your weekend plans or work routine by making you spend a few days off.
For those caught by surprise, the way is to treat the symptoms. But because the flu virus is highly contagious, it is best to do everything possible to prevent it, and the best way to prevent the flu is to practice good hygiene.
One of the main preventive measures that can be taken to try to get rid of the nuisance is to wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
Avoid crowded, crowded places as lack of air circulation and dry weather help bacteria proliferate, transmitting flu and other diseases more easily. Open doors and windows and let the air circulate around the room.
A diet based on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is another important tip to prevent the flu from approaching. Foods rich in vitamins A (carrots, beets and tomatoes), C (present in citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, mandarin, tangerine and acerola) and D (present in fish, milk and their derivatives) and minerals are on the list.
Probiotic foods are also excellent. Living microorganisms from fermented milks and yogurts that help in the intestinal flora have the function of strengthening the immune system and protecting the body from influenza and other diseases.
It is also worth remembering the importance of drinking plenty of water to hydrate the body and maintain body temperature.
Sleeping well and exercising are also ways to keep flu viruses away from your body. This is because sleep regulates cortisol levels, the hormone responsible for stress and disease prevention. The practice of physical activities increases the body's defenses. If you are already infected, move around anyway, as exercise can help reduce the symptoms of the disease and aid recovery.
In addition to the measures already mentioned, another alternative to not putting health at risk is the flu vaccination. To stimulate the immune system and protect the body against the virus, it is best to take the dose of flu vaccine between early March and April due to the change of season.
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