These Are The 7 Best Tips To Stay Super Healthy During Flu Season

Sick of being sick? Do this now.


By Michelle October |

Sick of being sick? Use these strategies to keep that dreaded cold at bay this flu season. The best part? It won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Get Some Exercise

A study reveals that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get sniffy. Exercise creates more of those virus-fighting white blood cells, so you’re prepared if you get infected, says Lerato Sikhosana, a senior virology registrar at the National Health Laboratory Service.

Eat phytochemical foods

“There’s limited evidence, but colourful fruit and vegetables are thought to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These include peppers, broccoli and garlic,” says doctor Tamlyn McKeag. Try making a nutrient-rich soup – it’s nutritious comfort food.

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Eat your chicken

If you’re low on protein, you’re also lowering your immune system. Some immune-boosting chemicals, like cytokines, need extra proteins to ward off viruses, says Sikhosana. Be sure to get your fill of chicken, eggs and chickpeas to stay strong.

Get a massage

Studies show that getting a massage improves immunity by enhancing circulation of cells that kill viruses. Massages also lower the stress hormone cortisol, which has been shown to kill immune cells. The perfect excuse for a spa day.

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Get vaccinated

Clicks pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman says vaccines are best when administered early – around March – to build your immunity – but is still effective now. “It’s also important to get your flu vaccination every year to get up-to-date protection against circulating strains,” he says. While some are sceptical about vaccines, the World Health Organisation endorses it. Get yours at Clicks for under R70 – most medical aids cover it.

Take a supplement

Boost your immunity with natural medicine like elderberry or African potato extract, and make sure your multivitamin has Vitamins C and D in them, so you’re less likely to get sick, says Abdurahman.

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