stop the spread of germs... be sure to take extra precautions during the flu season!
Tips to avoid getting sick during flu season
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, NOT your hands
- Put your used tissues in the waste basket
- Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner
- Wash your hands often!
How to boost your immune system during flu season
*Even when your hands are clean, staying healthy means more than avoiding germs. Healthy bodies have an easier time fighting off infection. To stay healthy and boost your immune system, be sure to:
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Decrease stress
- Cut back on unhealthy habits, such as smoking & overconsumption of alcohol
foods that may boost your immune system
- Garlic-increases your resistance to infection and stress.
- Cheese & dairy products-contain conjugated linoleic acid, a natural component of dairy fat, which is known to boost your immune system.
- Yogart & other cultured milk products-contain probiotics, beneficial bacteria with immune-boosting benefits.
- Vitamin C-found in citrus fruits and juices, may also help the body's immune system.
- Zinc-found in meat, chicken, peanuts, and peanut butter, plays an important role in the proper functioning of the immune system.
*Healthy eating during the cold & flu season means getting daily requirements of essential vitamins and minerals by eating a well balanced diet that contains a variety from all the food groups. Eating foods rich in vitamin A, C and E such as milk, eggs, citrus fruits, vegetables and nuts will strengthen your immune system. A good multi-vitamin can also help. In addition, be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. It flushes your system and keeps you hydrated during the dry months.
For more information on the Flu visit the Health Center website at www.southernct.edu/healthservices
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