The holiday months are officially here. With days getting shorter and the weather outside colder, the onset of cold and flu season has arrived.
Now, if this were a regular year, 2/3 of us would most likely catch a cold, and close to 10% of us would get the flu. But this is not a typical year. Health experts are still struggling to understand what this year's cold and flu season might look like with the virus still raging. Without a doubt, they are concerned with medical staff shortages, hospitals filling up, and things like PPE being in short supply.
No matter how things shake out, you must plan ahead and do all you can to protect yourself and your family this year. Keep reading for five tips to keep in mind going into the winter months, plus a bonus recipe you must see at the end.
Thanksgiving is the time that the yearly flu generally starts to spread. So make an appointment and get your flu shot before turkey day gatherings.
According to the CDC, the flu vaccines prevents about 4.4 million cases of flu and about 3,500 flu-related deaths. Getting your flu shot also reduces the risk that you'll need to see a doctor this winter by about 60%, reducing the impact on our overworked medical personnel.
With the holidays upon us, it's challenging to avoid your people altogether. At the same time, if you can limit your contact with people outside your friends and family circle, you can reduce your risk of getting an infection.
Cold and flu spread quickly in tightly confined spaces like restaurants, schools, nursing homes, and houses of worship. If you simply can't avoid a crowd, wear a face mask. And keep your distance from anyone that's coughing, sneezing, or shows any signs of cold or flu.
You reduce your risk of contracting a cold or flu by keeping all the surfaces in your house clean and disinfected. Use a cleaner that's proven to kill viruses like Lysol sprays and Clorox bleach. We've all gotten lots of practice with good cleaning and hygiene - so this step is a no-brainer.
When you're in your home and mask free, avoid touching your face unless you've washed your hands. This keeps flu and cold bugs that may be on your hands from getting into your body through your nose, mouth, and eyes. And cover your mouth, best with the inside of your elbow, when you cough or sneeze. It's the most effective way to stop the spread of your germs to those around you.
Your immune system fights off nasty bugs when they invade your body. It's also responsible for making you well again if you do get sick. A healthy immune system is the ultimate protection against colds, flu, and viruses.
There are a few ways to build up the strength of your immune system. Get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Get daily exercise, at least 30 minutes. Avoid things that weaken your immune system like sugar, junk food, and alcohol. And add nutrients known to boost the health of your immune system.
When it comes to essential immune system nutrition, turmeric should be on your radar.
It's a colorful spice that flavors many Indian dishes and is also tremendous medicinal properties, including boosting the health of your immune system. Turmeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory and helps fight off free radicals throughout your body. It's also got extraordinary antibacterial properties, able to hinder the proliferation of bacterial cells.
Turmeric's healing ability is attributed to the phytochemical that gives it its vibrant color called Curcumin. The problem is you'd need to eat a boatload of turmeric to get therapeutic amounts of curcumin, which only accounts for about three percent of turmeric in it's spice form. And you'd have to consume a lot of fat or pepper with the turmeric because both allow for absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream.
Prostavol's Turmeric Curcumin contains 1,300 milligrams of 95% curcuminoid complex. Plus, it also has BioPerine®, a pepper extract that optimizes absorption. A daily dose can contribute to better overall physical and mental health and deliver enormous benefits for your immune system for your many years to come.
And the next time you feel a cold or flu coming on, try this drink. It really does help:
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