Flu season is upon us, which means that many people are wondering how to avoid and prevent contracting the virus. The flu vaccine can reduce your risks of getting the flu, as well as make its symptoms less severe if you do end up contracting it. However, vaccination only prevents one strain of the flu. Fortunately, there are other ways to avoid contagion. Not surprisingly, a healthy diet can be helpful when trying to prevent the flu. Eating vegetables is a particularly effective way to make sure that your body is prepared to fight this common sickness. In this article, we outline how you can shape your diet to help you get through flu season.
Preventing the Flu Through Your Diet
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu is most prevalent from December until March. February is the most common “peak month,” when the virus spreads most widely. This time of year, you will likely see many supplements, medicines, and even drinks that promise to reduce the risk of the flu. These promises are often empty, but a healthy diet can support your immune system in fighting the flu.
One nutritionist recently pointed out how eating vegetables can help to prevent the flu. In an article on NPR, Joan Salge Blake says that the fiber in fruits and vegetables helps reduce sugar intake, which also helps prevent obesity. Eating the whole fruits and vegetables is better than simply drinking juice, which is low in fiber and high in sugar. These extra nutrients help build your immune system and guard against the onset of the flu.
Other Ways to Prevent the Flu
There is no “key” to prevent the flu, but eating fruits and vegetables can be a big help. These other tips can be helpful, too.
- Get vaccinated
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise and try to manage stress
- Drink water
- Wash your hands
- Avoid contact with people who have the flu
If you follow all of these tips, your flu risk will decrease dramatically, and you may make it through flu season unscathed.
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