Great Tips to Fight Flu This Winter

January 6, 2021

Flu prevention hacks for winters

What is Flu?

Influenza or the flu virus derives its meaning from its Italian origin “influenza di freddo, meaning “influence of the cold”. Therefore it is a given fact that winter, the cold season is the season for flu across the world.


 

Is flu and cold the same thing?

Flu & cold symptoms may appear similar, but there is more to a flu infection.

Apart from cough, blocked nose, and sore throat, flu symptoms also include fever, cold sweats, body ache, headaches, fatigue, tendencies of diarrhea & nausea.

In a time when it is difficult to tell apart the flu from cold or COVID-19, the best approach is to increase body immunity.
 

5 Tips to keep you safe from Flu in winter

  1. Get a flu shot

Getting vaccinated against flu is the best bet against it. On-going research hints that a flu shot might also help people reduce the severity of coronavirus infections. Indications are that the flu vaccine triggers the body to produce infection-fighting molecules cytokines that can combat the twindemic (COVID-19 & influenza) by getting rid of the pathogens.

 

  1. Avoid contact with the sick

The flu virus is very contagious and can spread quickly from the sick to the healthy; therefore it is best to avoid contact with people who have contracted influenza.  If a family member is sick, make sure to wear a mask around them.

 

  1. Cover your nose and Mouth

Respiratory diseases like Flu spreads through cough, sneezing and unclean hands. Make sure to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Follow steps for hygiene, and prevent yourself from getting sick.

 

  1. Up your Zinc intake

Zinc is an important immune booster as it helps produce the germ-fighting white blood cells in the body. Research shows that zinc also eases cold and flu symptoms, therefore next time you are out grocery shopping, don’t forget chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs & lentils.

 

  1. Drinking warm broths and Herbal tea

No offense to vegetarians but bone broth rich in protein and minerals like potassium and sodium helps replenish nutrients and rebuild immune cells. Herbal tea because of its natural antiviral and antibacterial properties can help boost immunity.

 

Prevention of any disease starts with awareness, while these tips may ensure a disease free winter! Get in touch with your doctor at the earliest if you aren’t feeling well. Never take unprescribed pills, for you never know what may go wrong.

Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors