For around the first two weeks of 2018, everyone in my family were ‘out of action’ – thanks to the worst flu outbreak in 50 years. Public Health England reported that since the flu season started this winter, there have been 193 confirmed deaths due to complications following catching the virus. These tragic headlines highlight that more work needs to be done to educate the public to protect themselves and their families from catching the flu this winter.
Vaccination against the latest strain of flu virus circulating around is probably the first line of defence especially for the vulnerable groups of population. Certain people including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with certain medical conditions and other groups are eligible to get a free flu jab from the NHS. Check if you are eligible here
Practice good personal hygiene and good manners
Making a habit of washing your hands seems trivial but it can make a difference and even save lives! While you’re out and about, carry a hand sanitiser with you and use it before and after eating, or after handling dirty objects. It is also very important to remember to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Annoyingly, many people think they can stop doing this if they get a coughing fit every few minutes. Next step is to disinfect thoroughly especially if you live with someone who has or had the flu. The first thing that I did after we all recovered is change our bed sheets and disinfect our bedroom to make sure no pathogens linger around.
And lastly, take steps to boost your immunity
After I recovered, I started making some changes to my lifestyle like exercising 3 times a week (from ZERO). Apart from attempting to get back into shape, studies have shown that moderate exercise helps boost your immune system compared to no exercise. Conversely though, too much exercise actually reduces your immune function.
With moderate levels of exercise, I try to eat more of certain fruits and vegetables to help boost my immune system. Here’s a list that I’m trying to follow. I haven’t been very good at keeping on top of it though so I started looking for food supplements to use for me and my family.
I have been sent a 7 Day Pack of the latest Biocare Immune Intensive to try – thank you! It contains elderberry which is a good source of Vitamin C and beta-glucans both of which can do wonders in boosting and activating our immune system.
I must admit, I was sceptical at first as I never particularly liked ‘sour’ or berry fruits but drinking this with my breakfast every morning this week actually helped with my recovery. I wish I can say I mixed this with my breakfast smoothie but it’s way too cold for that at the moment!
What steps do you take all winter to prevent and protect your family from cough and cold?
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