Quick Tips to Fight the Flu
Turn on the TV and you’ll see terrifying reports of hospitals being overrun with flu patients. Hop on the subways and people are coughing and sneezing all over the place. Show up at work and half the office is out sick. It feels like the country has become one giant Petri dish! Right now, good nutrition and regular exercise are essential to keeping your immune system strong. “A strong immune system doesn’t guarantee your body can fight off every flu bug, but it is a powerful defense,” says Heather Mangieri, registered dietitian and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson. To keep you in optimal health, we’ve rounded up some of our best diet and exercise tips for fighting off the flu.
-Eat smart. For a healthy defense, go for foods high in nutrients, like vitamin A, C, and E. Try our Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Soup recipe. The vitamin A in the spinach and selenium from mushrooms will give your infection-fighting white blood cells a boost. Check out our other immunity-boosting soups.
-Get a good night’s sleep. Clocking less than seven hours of sleep a night makes you three times more likely to catch a cold than if you get eight hours or more, found a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
-Take a multivitamin. A daily multivitamin can help keep you balanced and healthy.
-Exercise regularly. But remember to pay attention to your body. If you feel fatigue you may be pushing yourself too hard and need to lower the intensity of your workout. Learn more about how to exercise smart to boost your immunity.
-Practice yoga. Several yoga poses can help stimulate the immune system. For example, shoulder stand stimulates the endocrine and immune systems to help the body fight invaders. Try these other yoga poses to boost your immunity.