Winter is the season for colds and flu.With foggy mornings and chilly evenings at your doorstep, it is almost time to lock your doors, close your windows and turn your heaters on. It is that time of the year when you can read your favorite books and enjoy that freshly made hot cup of ginger tea or brewed coffee.
Here are the Natural ways to avoid cold and flu this winter.
keeping warm can help you avoid coughs, colds and flu. Some doctor’s says: ‘After our exceptionally mild autumn, people won’t be used to dressing warmly for wintry weather. So if there’s a sudden icy snap, we will be more likely to feel the cold and start to shiver.
‘Shivering depresses the immune system and this makes us more likely to catch colds. Also, lower levels of sunlight and altered levels of hormones such as melatonin and serotonin negatively affect how the immune system performs.’ We lose up to 30per cent of our body heat through our heads – so wear a hat.
Keep your hands clean
Your best defense against any illness-causing viruses: “Frequent hand-washing with soap and water.“Droplets from an infected person can pass that way.” Use hand-sanitizing gels that contain alcohol when you can’t get to a sink.
You should clean your house (bathrooms, bedrooms, furnitures, etc), including your phones regularly to avoid flu.
Keep your distance from people displaying symptoms like sneezing and coughing. While that strategy may seem obvious, it applies to more than just strangers and colleagues. Stay away from sick friends and family when possible.
Avoiding touching your nose and eyes
Cold and flu viruses can enter your body through the eyes and nose. If you have any infected droplets on your hands, and you touch your eyes or nose, you can pass the virus into your system.By not touching your nose and eyes, you’ll reduce your chances of catching a virus.
Eat healthy food:
Eat a nutritious diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This will keep your immune system strong as well as prevent the onset of cold and flu.
Avoid Crowded Places
Especially avoid areas that have lots of opportunities for touching and sharing of saliva and mucus, such as ball pits, bouncy places, and indoor playgrounds. If you must go to these places, make sure you and your children wash hands afterward.
Exercise boosts the immune system. Play outside. Playing in the cold winter air does not cause colds. Only germs cause colds.
Eat and Sleep Well
Make sure you and your children get enough sleep to ensure a healthier immune system.
Hot drinks and honey
Any warming drink can help soothe a sore throat, suppress a cough, and calm the overall commotion of a cold or flu. Honey coats the throat and relieves irritation while its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties go to work fighting viral infections. Try Buhner’s Colds and Flu Tea: 2 tablespoons ginger juice, juice of 1/4 lime, pinch cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon honey, and hot water.