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25 May 2018

These are the 6 best tips to stay super healthy during flu season

Sick of being sick? Do this now.

Sick of being sick? Use these strategies to keep that dreaded cold at bay this flu season. The best part? It won’t cost an arm and a leg.

1. Get some exercise

study reveals that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get sniffy. Exercise creates more of those virus-fighting white blood cells, so you’re prepared if you get infected, says Lerato Sikhosana, a senior virology registrar at the National Health Laboratory Service.

2. Eat phytochemical foods

“There’s limited evidence, but colourful fruit and vegetables are thought to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These include peppers, broccoli and garlic,” says Dr Tamlyn McKeag. Try making a nutrient-rich soup – it’s nutritious comfort food.

Read more: 17 foods that fight spring allergies

3. Eat your chicken

If you’re low on protein, you’re also lowering your immune system. Some immune-boosting chemicals, like cytokines, need extra proteins to ward off viruses, says Sikhosana. Be sure to get your fill of chicken, eggs and chickpeas to stay strong.

4. Get a massage

Studies show that getting a massage improves immunity by enhancing circulation of cells that kill viruses. Massages also lower the stress hormone cortisol, which has been shown to kill immune cells. The perfect excuse for a spa day.

Read more: Gross but true: Science says you need your phlegm when you get sick

5. Get vaccinated

Clicks pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman says vaccines are best when administered early – around March – to build your immunity – but is still effective now. “It’s also important to get your flu vaccination every year to get up-to-date protection against circulating strains,” he says. While some are skeptical about vaccines, the World Health Organization endorses it.

6. Take a supplement

Boost your immunity with natural medicine like elderberry or African potato extract, and make sure your multivitamin has vitamins C and D in them, so you’re less likely to get sick, says Abdurahman.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthsa.co.za

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