The flu kills 36,000 people and hospitalizes 200,000 each year in the US alone. That’s why preventing the flu is a good idea.
In the last post, we told you some cautionary facts about the flu, including the symptoms, who is at greatest risk, and how it infects your body. In this post, you’ll learn three ways to effectively prevent the flu:
- Get a Flu Vaccination
- Limit Exposure to the Flu
- Boost Your Immune System
Get a Flu Vaccination
Recently, the most popular flu prevention option is vaccination. A vaccine is effective against the flu variants most popular at the time of its concoction. If you come in contact with a flu virus you have been inoculated against, you are 60% less likely to get sick. However, vaccines are sometimes criticized because of potential side effects and because they only prevent a few specific variants of the flu even though there are hundreds of known variants.
Side effects of the flu vaccine
While these side effects are just like the flu, they last a short time compared to the actual virus:
- Allergic reactions: allergic reactions are rare, but may include difficulty breathing, swelling around the eyes and lips, hives, racing heart, dizziness, and high fever
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Soreness or redness at the injection site
A vaccination is a good idea, especially for people at high risk for flu complications. Still, a vaccination doesn’t offer complete protection: you still have a 40% chance of getting sick when you come in contact with the flu variants you are immunized against. Plus, the flu mutates rapidly, which is why you can catch the flu multiple times in your life. Therefore, there’s a chance of catching a flu variant that your vaccine won’t work against. That’s why you shouldn’t rely on a vaccine alone; you should also limit exposure to the flu and boost your immune system.
Limit Exposure to the Flu
The following measures help limit exposure to the flu:
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 15 seconds each time and use soap.
- Avoid close contact with people during flu season (sometime between October and May), especially with those who might be infected. Avoid places with lots of people.
- Wear a breathing mask. Yeah, you’ll look weird and no one will want to be your friend, but it works! This will help prevent catching and passing the flu.
- Use a tissue or the bend of your arm to cover your nose and mouth when your cough or sneeze, then wash hands. This won’t necessarily help you, but it will help prevent those around you from getting sick.
Boost Your Immune System
Boosting your immune system has no negative side effects, protects against all flu variants, and has a positive impact on other aspects of your life besides flu prevention. You can think of building your immune system like building a house: if a house is built out of square (i.e., out of line), doors won’t shut tight and windows are hard to open and close. The house is functional, but vulnerable to invasion by wind, water, and critters. Let’s talk about how to protect our bodies from harmful invasions.
For a lot of us, the daily grind can weaken our immune systems and make us vulnerable to infection. Stress, poor nutrition, traveling, and lack of exercise are all examples of things that can put our bodies “out of square.” A healthy lifestyle strengthen our immune systems and helps our bodies fight disease and aging:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Stay active and exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight, which basically stems from doing the two things above
Eating healthy is especially hard. Our bodies need lots of different nutrients to be optimally healthy and most of us don’t get enough of these nutrients from our diets. An easy way to get the nutrition our bodies need is to use dietary supplements. That’s why we recommend Tahition Noni. Noni has been shown by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and Chinese Medical Research & Clinical to strengthen the two main parts of the immune system: adaptive and innate immune response. All you have to do is swig 1-2 ounces of noni juice per day
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