As we enter cold and flu season, there are many things we can do to “flu proof” ourselves. Whether you choose to get the flu vaccine or not, there are a number of preventative strategies which do not require an injection. Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine, shares his list of 15 “to do’s” to fight the flu.
- Keep Surroundings Clean! That means wiping down surfaces at work and keeping your cell phone clean. Pay special attention to travel (tray tables are most perilous) and carry some antimicrobial wipes. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours.
- Wash Hands Frequently! Also use a hand sanitizer. The workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where hand-washing becomes a game-changer.
- Increase Your Vitamin Intake of D, C, E and A In addition to taking a multivitamin, increase foods such as red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon, and garlic in your diet. 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 Control food prep during cold and flu season, ensuring that surfaces and handling are clean.
- Sleep! There really is a big difference between 6 and 8 hours of sleep. When you feel run down you become more susceptible to illness.
- Work From Home When feeling sick, work remotely. These days it’s far easier for people to work from home at the slightest signs of cold or flu.
- Eat Kimchi It’s delicious and a great immunity-boosting probiotic. (more…)