Once again, Russia is entering the flu season.
And acute respiratory viral infections continue to mow the ranks of our fellow citizens.
This means that those who did not have time to get a flu vaccine should think about enhanced prevention.
Before you — 10 simple ways to significantly reduce the risk of catching the infection.
Fruits and berries in November-December are overseas guests of long-term storage and are unlikely to become a source of vitamins and antioxidants.
So lean on seasonal foods — that is, those that do not need preservative treatment for storage.
Carrots, radishes, pickled and fresh cabbage, citrus fruits, winter berries (cranberries, lingonberries) — they will have more vitamins than bright tomatoes and peppers.
Do not forget that cereals and legumes, nuts, vegetable oil — also a source of beneficial B vitamins, vitamins A and E — that is, recognized antioxidants, which are very important for immunity.
Generously add spices to hot drinks (especially cloves, which have antiseptic properties). Do not forget about honey — especially in combination with lemon: in the latter, as in other citrus fruits, there are a lot of vitamins.
It is a lot of vitamin C which helps to be protected from flu and ORVI, in broth of a dogrose, cranberry and sea-buckthorn fruit drinks.
And onions and garlic contain phytoncides, which can easily neutralize microbes.
This magic root has a lot of antioxidants that "whip up" our lymphocytes are virus hunter cells.
The antiseptic properties of ginger are also well known for a long time: it contains substances that improve immunity and slow down the reproduction of rhinoviruses.
Exercise (especially when it is joy) is one of the indispensable factors for the formation of strong immunity.
It is known that daily 45-minute sports activities reduce the risk of catching a cold by half.
For the benefit of the body, you can also dance, swim, or at least just walk around the winter park.
Lack of sleep undermines immunity more than vitamin deficiency or severe stress.
If we sleep less than 7 hours a day, the level of leukocytes — the defense cells — in the blood drops sharply, and the risk of catching the virus increases 3 times.
Scientists have proven that the cynical phrase about "sex for health" well has a right to exist.
The fact is that regular sex is very important for the normal functioning of our immune system.
If you study them twice a week, the level of immunoglobulin A, which protects mucous membranes from SARS and other diseases, will increase in the blood.
Important: if you are already sick with the flu, it is better to refrain from close contacts, the risk of infecting your partner with the flu or a viral respiratory disease is very high.
When daylight hours are short, and monochrome prevails in nature, we fall into a painful and even depressive mood.
We lack light and bright colors, and in the body instead of the hormones of happiness, melatonin begins to be produced — "sleep hormone". At the same time, this leads to a decrease in immunity.
That is why some people avoid the flu is very simple: they pick up households and go to warm countries, where there is a lot of light, heat, a riot of colors is splashing. If there is no opportunity to leave, you will have to invigorate yourself artificially.
Be sure to add bright details to the interior (curtains, pillows, rugs).
Use the short winter day for a stroll.
Do not stint and turn on the light in the evenings.
All this will help reduce the production of melatonin.
SARS and flu viruses are transmitted by airborne droplets, but then they can literally settle on any suitable surface. Therefore, in the midst of an epidemic, any door handle, handrail, table, handset become a real breeding ground for a variety of viruses, especially in public places.
From the surface, the virus gets into the hands of a healthy person, and then it’s enough to touch the face, for example, to scratch your nose — and you can safely run to the hospital for a doctor. Therefore, in the period of epidemics, hands should be washed frequently and with soap.
And to do it not only after going to the toilet, before eating or after a walk.
But just like that, several times a day — especially if you work in a crowded office.
Our immune system works better if we are calm, joyful and optimistic.
Even scientific research proves that a happy person is sick less often, and if he gets sick, he recovers faster.
Overdried mucous membranes are extremely susceptible to infections.
Therefore, their moistening, including from the inside, will help to avoid colds and flu even during the epidemic: viruses do not like it to be wet.
Drink at least 2.5 liters of fluid daily, irrigate the nasal mucous membranes with isotonic water, or humidify the air in your home and office with the help of evaporator devices.
The effectiveness of inhalation of essential oils with antiseptic and antiviral properties has been proven by experiment. For inhalation, which will help get rid of viruses in the space around you, it is best to use the essential oils of mint and pine.
Fill a few drops of oil diluted with water in an aroma lamp, heat up — the house will smell of a New Year tree or fresh mojito, and there will not be a trace of viruses.