Conscientious Health Measures
Maintaining your health requires you to be steadily fastidious. You must avoid certain foods, and increase your intake of others. Additionally, remaining physically active and reducing vice intake is very wise. Doing these things will substantively decrease your risk of contracting influenza, and cultivating healthy habits will also help reduce the severity and length of flu systems. Following are several direct suggestions to help you boost your immune system:
- Vitamin D/Zinc
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Spicy Foods
- Regular Exercise
- Cut Back on Vices
- Healthy Cold Immersion
- Vaccination When Healthy
Fruits, Vegetables, Vitamins, and Apple Cider Vinegar
So we all know fruits and veggies have high quotients of vitamin C, as well as other specific qualities which recommend them as healthy. Additional vitamins that both strengthen the immune system, prevent the spread of influenza, and decrease its symptoms/severity include zinc and vitamin D. Traditionally, vitamin D only comes from the sun; but it can be purchased in concentrated form at the grocery store. Still, getting some good old fashioned sunlight when you’re sick isn’t a bad thing, provided you don’t let yourself get burnt. What surprises people in this list of food items is the last one–apple cider vinegar. This substance alkalizes your body and helps fight off the flu as well as prevent it.
This one comes as a bit of a surprise to some, but others are familiar with “clearing their sinuses”, as they might call it. Cayenne pepper, horseradish, and garlic can all help during the flu. Certain spicy peppers and onions are also recommendable; but you’ve got to be careful. Just because there are a lot of Scoville Units associated with a pepper doesn’t mean it’ll help you prevent the flu any better. Sometimes all that extra spice actually taxes your body’s immune system, or can induce some form of allergic response. The goal is to support the immune system, not tax it. So know your limits.
Find a way to get twenty minutes of sweat-inducing exercise at least three times a week. You don’t necessarily have to run every other day; you could play tennis, or bicycle, or hike. Generally, finding an activity you genuinely enjoy which makes you sweat is the best way to keep your body in shape, as you’re in congruence mentally and physically. The gym is okay, but running for the sake of running can get tiresome, as can lifting for the sake of lifting. But building something with your hands, designing something, or wallpapering a room, or playing a game of paintball that requires running–these things add joy to exercise, and so make it more effective and entertaining.
Smoking, drinking, certain pharmaceutical drugs, and a variety of fetishes all compromise your immune system. The more of these you quit, the better your body will function in general, and the less susceptible it will be to the flu and other illnesses over time.
Swimming In Cold Water When Healthy
Be careful with this one; you can get yourself in trouble quick. But when you jump into cold water, it forces your body into a kind of hyperventilation which saturates your blood with oxygen. In the laboratory, breathing in this way has been shown to reduce environmental contaminants and disease. But if you’re in poor health when you attempt learning this breathing method, or the water is too cold, you could hurt yourself.
Vaccination When Fully Healthy
Vaccinations also can help strengthen your immune system, though they must be administered when you’re healthy, not sick, as they introduce an inert form of the pathogen.