As the weather gets colder, it’s really tempting to stay indoors cooped up in bed or next to the heater. But if you’re really serious about protecting you family from sickness this fall and winter, there are better ways to fight the flu. While traditional medicine has little to offer in the way of treating common winter ailments, you can still find relief with vitamins and herbs. Even simple things like washing your hands regularly can have a dramatic effect on the spread of cold and flu. Keeping your family safe and secure and avoiding any issues is an important way to maintain your overall health.

1)   Wash Your Hands
Hand Washing

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Many cold and flu germs are spread by contact with surfaces or objects that people frequently touch, such as doorknobs, public transport, or even the photocopier at work. The easiest way to prevent these germs from spreading is to wash your hands every time you come into contact with anything that others often touch. In fact, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, simple hand washing with soap and cold running water reduces the risk of catching a cold by up to 21 percent.

2) Boost Your Vitamin Intake

Vitamins have always been nature’s way of helping us to fight germs, and they are still effective. Despite recent studies showing a weak link between Vitamin C and cold prevention, eating Vitamin C rich foods such as oranges, red peppers, broccoli and kale is still a good way to reduce the severity and duration of a cold. One of the best defence mechanisms is Vitamin D from regular exposure to the sun, which, according to studies, can cut the risk of flu by up to 50%. So if there isn’t much sunlight where you live, consider boosting your Vitamin D intake with supplements.

3) Try Herbal Medicines

Herbs are some of the best remedies around for fighting the symptoms of colds and flu. Anti-viral herbs such as elderberry, astragalus, reishi, and lomatium are a great way to fight flu. The best way to increase your herb intake is to drink herbal tea. Green, lemon, echinacea, and peppermint teas are all popular winter drinks which have many health benefits, such as cleansing the body of toxins and boosting the immune system. Don’t overload your tea with sugar, as sugar reduces the effectiveness of herbal tea. Instead, add some lemon, honey, or garlic for extra effect.  You may need hiatal hernia pain relief.

4) Protect Yourself With the Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is an effective way to avoid the flu during the winter months. According to Flu.gov, a flu vaccine shot reduces your chances of serious illness due to three common strains of flu by around 60%, and is particularly advisable for people who are at a high risk from complications from the flu, like seniors, pregnant women, and people with existing medical conditions. The Food and Drug Administration carefully monitors flu vaccines, and they have a good track record for safety.

When it comes to avoiding winter sickness, prevention is the best cure. But when something does strike, you can always get advice online from a qualified health professional at Curely.

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  1. baldranger says:

    I have real concerns about this item. Not only does it give advice that is not supported by evidence (herbal medicines, boosting vitamin intake for colds) it finishes off with an advert for a private medical compay (Curely). This is directly against the central principles of the Socialist Health Association.

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