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Winning the Battle Against the Cold and Flu

The CDC reports widespread flu
The CDC reports widespread flu
Kelly Wilson

The flu season is here. According to CDC reports, the flu virus is widespread throughout the United States.

There's a really good chance that coworkers or family members have been hit with the flu or, at the very least, a nasty cold virus. These tips can help you win the battle against this season of cold and flu.

Armor Up Against the Flu

The best way to fight the cold and flu viruses is through prevention. "Simple steps like visiting the doctor and the dentist can be easy to overlook," said Dr. Richard Barrett, a dentist in Beaverton, Oregon. "But these are really easy ways to stay healthy and avoid the cold and flu."

These preventive measures can help keep you in overall good health:

  • Get a yearly physical
  • Sleep at least 8 hours a night
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Drink a lot of water throughout the day
  • Visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning and exam

If you are already in the thick of a cold or flu, start by staying hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, and eat wholesome, healthy foods. Cut down activity and get a lot of rest in order to win your flu battle.

Boost Your Immune System with Supplements

Drinking plenty of fluids and a eating a diet rich in nutrients can help your body build natural immunity against the cold and flu. These common nutrients can also be taken in a supplement form:

  • Vitamin C - This common supplement is known for helping the body produce more NK cells and T cells. Both of these help protect the body against viruses.
  • Zinc - Easy to find and to take in a supplement form, zinc is well-known for improving the way white blood cells fend off infection in the body.
  • Vitamin E - Adding additional vitamin E can help the body produce more B cells, which generate the antibodies that help destroy harmful bacteria.
  • Echinacea - A popular herb, this also helps the body fight off harmful bacteria.

Additional supplements include Garlic, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Selenium, and Carotenoids.

Get a Flu Shot

While I'm not a doctor, I would get a flu shot when my kids got theirs if I could do it all over again. While my husband and I were hit with the flu - and the resulting bacterial infections - and are still not well, our children have pranced through cold and flu season, barely touched.

If you haven't been hit yet, perhaps a flu shot would be a good choice for you. Here's a map to help you find out about the flu shot as well as what's offered in your local community.

While making preparations against the cold and flu virus, it might be a good idea to stock up just in case. Make sure you have a good thermometer, plenty of gatorade, and some cough and cold medicine to help you sleep.

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