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Title: Simple Tips to Protect Yourself from the Flu

Photo courtesy of: freedigitalphotos.net/ by David Castillo Dominici

Photo courtesy of: freedigitalphotos.net/ by David Castillo Dominici

 

Flu is one of the most common viral infections, and can be easily transmitted and spread. So are there ways we can prevent the flu? In addition to getting an annual flu shot, there are other simple and effective ways to protect yourself from the flu.

Nutrition

Nutrition plays a significant role in all aspects of our health. So which foods can help you diminish the risk of getting the flu? One way to approach this question is to think in colors:

  • Red: Tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit. Red and pink colored fruits and vegetables have lycopene, an antioxidant that helps decrease the effect of “bad” toxins that damage cells over time.
  • Orange & Yellow: Carrots, mango, bell peppers, sweet potato and butternut squash. All these foods are rich in beta-carotene antioxidant, which are converted by your body into vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to strengthen your immune system and prevent infections.
  • Green: Popeye’s favorite and one of the best sources of vitamin A and C, spinach can help strengthen your immune system.
  • Blue and Violet: Pomegranates,blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and many other berries are high in anthocyanin antioxidant. Foods with these colors are high in fiber and immune boosting vitamin C.

Probiotics: Probiotics, according to healthline.com, “are a breeding ground for trillions of microorganisms, which actually help the digestive system run smoothly.”

Stress relief: According to several studies, stress and anxiety can make us more prone to cold and flu. Try to control your stress and relax. There are many stress management techniques that can help.

Sleep: Sleeping helps your body rest and reboots your energy. Sleeping also helps repair your immune system and other body cells. That makes your body more prepared to fight viruses.

Do you or a loved one have the flu? See if you qualify for Horizon’s clinical study on Flu today!

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/prevention-tips

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