Today a guest post gearing up for the winter season. As the sun starts setting earlier, up your Vitamin-D intake to at least 2000IUs daily. 

There’s nothing worse than catching the flu. It completely knocks the socks right off you. Time to prepare yourself for the worst few days of your life. Maybe you will get lucky and be able to pick yourself up to go to the toilet. Probably not. You will try to put something down your throat and it will be back up faster than you can count to ten. The best thing you can do is not catch it in the first place. But do you know how? Nothing is full-proof, but here are some things you can do today to fight it before it’s too late.

Pay close attention

Once you start showing some symptoms of the flu you should slow it down for a few days. Anything you don’t need to do should be put to one side. That means you should stay indoors. Stay away from anyone you don’t need to see. When the flu is in the early stages it’s easy to stop it from becoming full-blown. Stop and think whenever you: start coughing, have a running nose, become irritable, get easily fatigued, or start to get a temperature.

Get off the couch

People that are inactive will be more likely to catch the flu. This doesn’t mean you need to sign up for a marathon, but it does mean you shouldn’t just lounge around all night like a beached whale. Exercise works by talking those disease fighting white-blood cells from your organs and pushing them into your blood stream. And as a bonus you will get fit and healthy at the same time.

Pick up some healthy food

You want to be eating some nice fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants. They are so easy to add into your diet, either as a snack or with your main meals. That cheeseburger looks tasty, but it’s not going to look as good if you’re being sick for days on end. Add as much vitamin-C rich foods as you can. Things like oranges, mango, and berries.

Get your hygiene in order

The easiest way to stop the flu is by looking after your hygiene a bit more carefully. That means washing your hands when you have finished the toilet. And don’t pretend it doesn’t happen. If you aren’t guilty of this then you have definitely seen it happen. And when you are drunk it doesn’t automatically mean you can’t catch germs. Get them washed. Also, don’t put anything in your mouth without it being clean. That about sums it up.

Time for bed

This has got to be the most enjoyable way to fight the flu. Who doesn’t like sleep? When you get very little of it your immune system can be a lot weaker. It makes it easy to come down with the flu. If you find it hard to sleep at night you will need to try and get into some sort of routine. Switch the television off 30 minutes before you head to bed. If your mind is still active it could take you a while to drop off. Try and read for those 30 minutes before your normal sleep time.

Get rid of stress

I’m sure you’re aware how much stress we seem to put on ourselves these days. All that stress builds up and it’s not good for the immune system. The easiest way to deal with stress is to stop putting yourself in stressful positions to begin with. If you find you are having trouble you can help your body with things like meditation or a hot bubble bath. Anything that gives your mind a chance to be free from stressful thoughts.

Eliza Bron is a personal trainer and nutrition advisor. She specializes in providing detail information about massage in Carlton.

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