As we head into flu season there are many things we can do to “flu proof” ourselves. Regardless of whether we choose to get a flu vaccine or not, there are things we can do to heighten our chances of not getting sick this winter. Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, shares his top list of “to do’s” to fight the flu.
Keep your surroundings clean, wipe surfaces at work, keep your cell phone clean. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours
Wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. Remember the workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where the hand washing comes into play.
Increase intake of vitamin D, C, E and A. Include foods such as red bell peppers (add to salads), sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon and garlic. Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or so decreases the risk of catching the flu and swine flu.
Bring your own lunch to work where you can control food prep and ensure surfaces are clean.
Get a full night’s sleep. When you feel run down you’re more susceptible to illness. (more…)