I must admit, my family and I have been lucky enough to keep the dreaded flu away over the past couple of years. Sure, we’ve all had the odd cold here and there but it has never got to the stage where we are bedridden for days. (Hopefully I haven’t jinxed us by saying that).
Once the flu takes hold, it can certainly stop many people in their tracks. It is spread so easily – in workplaces, in the home, at playcentres etc.
Below, David Smith provides some great tips on avoiding the flu this winter.
By taking a few simple steps each day, you can keep help keep the flu at bay this winter.
1. Keep it Clean
Germs love to live in mess and grime. Keeping the areas that you spend the most amount of time in is essential and this is particularly important for shared spaces such as offices.
Employers should be acting responsibly by investing in proper, daily cleaning services from specialists like AMC Commercial Cleaning to ensure that everything is as clean and hygienic as humanly possible.
2. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep
You can’t work effectively when you are tired and neither can your immune system. Making sure that you get plenty of regular, solid rest is imperative because it will keep your body alert and fighting fit when germs start trying to kick in. There are lots of ways to improve your sleep patterns – cutting down on sugar and caffeine throughout the day is a great place to start.
3. Garlic is your friend
Garlic’s effectiveness at warding off illness is considered a bit of an old wives’ tale but it’s true – garlic is a triple-threat to viruses. Fresh garlic is your best bet as its active ingredient, allicin, will still be present. It evaporates quickly after smashing the clove though so don’t mess around. Use it in your cooking for maximum effect. Home made chicken broth is a perfect home remedy. The garlic, onion, carrot and celery are great anti-inflammatories and can also clear the sinuses.
4. Exercise for immunity
Getting the body moving is a great way to ward off illness because it also circulates important components in your immune system at the same time. Getting regular exercise will allow your body to better fight off infections before they can spread. You don’t even have to be doing a full-blown work out at the gym either – 30 minutes of cardio in the morning is all you need to get the heart pumping!
5. Wash your hands
Keeping yours and your families hands clean is important especially if you want to avoid spreading germs. Germs can spread so quickly – from keyboards, to credit card machines, to trolley handles. Try to use a natural, chemical-free soap for best results. Carrying around a hand sanitiser is a no brainer and be sure to use it several times a day.
6. Keep stress levels under control
Stress, unfortunately, is something many of us have to deal with daily but if you let it overwhelm you, then your body’s going to be far more susceptible to illness and the flu is no exception.
If stress is starting to damage your health, start looking at ways to relax. Reduce your workload, and engage in hobbies and activities that you enjoy. Find something that helps you decompress and embrace it fully. The benefits are substantial.
Have you been struck down by the flu? Please share any tips that have worked for you.
This post has been written in collaboration with AMC Corporate Cleaning.