The weather hasn’t been very kind to us lately. One minute it is hot as heck and the next thing you know, it starts raining cats and dogs and the temperature in the office gets so low, you think you are in some wintry country having a holiday.
And our humidity isn’t helping. With all these rapid weather and temperature changes comes a slew of illnesses that can attack any of us if we allow our guard to be down. Flu is the one that most of us seem to be suffering from so keeping it at bay, especially during this period, will be awesome. But besides consuming Vitamin C, are there other ways to keep this nasty bug as far away from us as possible? Yes, and here are some ways to do it.
#1 Lots Of Sunlight AKA Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, so optimizing your levels will not only help send a cold or flu virus packing, it will also prevent them from invading your body in the first place. The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight so go out there and get as much as that as you can! This is one of the perks of living in a country as sunny as Singapore.
#2 Consume Loads Of Green Tea
It is good to know that green tea makes a really fragrant and comforting hot drink on a cold day, it also contains antiviral properties that can be helpful against a flu infection. Load up on your stock of green tea and try consuming one tea bag a day (with multiple refills), to keep the nasty flu bug away.
Photo Credits: Mushroom Group
Probably something you didn’t expect but apparently, consuming mushrooms can help to fight the flu by supporting your immune system. This is also a good time to let you know that while most people will think of just eating the fleshy part of the mushroom, the magic lies in the section that grows underground. Simply put, all you have to do is consume the mushrooms in their entirety and you are all set to combat the flu bug.
#4 Supplements Besides Vitamin C
While Vitamin C may be the most favoured choice of flu prevention, there are a few other supplements you can take as alternatives such as propolis, oregano oil and olive leaf extract. These are all natural so there shouldn’t be any worry about any negative side effects on your body.
#5 Sleep Well And Exercise
While all of the above can help strengthen your immune system, the best ways to make sure you are keeping your body fighting fit is by giving it enough rest and getting a good dose of exercise regularly. Depriving your body of sleep, being overly anxious and stressed, and being too sedentary, can cause your immune system to weaken and that’s where all the trouble starts.