Let’s Fight the Flu!

Updated: 7 days ago

With the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases increasing on a daily basis, we must all take the vital steps to protect our health during flu season.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help keep you safe, as well as the best foods for strengthening your immune system against those nasty viruses.



1. ALMONDS

Packed with immune-boosting vitamin E and manganese.


2. TINNED SALMON

85g provides 100% of your daily vitamin D which helps to boost immune cell function as well as providing your body with protein and omega-3s.


3. SPINACH

180g supplies you with the required daily amount of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Your body needs folateto make DNA and other genetic material. Spinach is also a great provider of vitamin A, which plays a key part in supporting immune and inflammatory functions, particularly for digestion.


4. KEFIR

The fermented milk drink (Kefir) contains a dozen strains of good bacteria, that help create a barrier in your intestinal tract to protect you against bugs and therefore improves your immune-cell function. It is also a rich source of protein. Add it to mashed potatoes, soups or smoothies.


5. PINHEAD OATS

These whole oats are rich in a fibre known as beta-glucan which strengthen your T-cells' ability to fight off infections. A study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine reported that consuming beta-glucan may prevent respiratory infections in addition to improving overall health.


6. WHEATGERM

Wheatgerm is packed with various nutrients including vitamin E, folate, magnesium and zinc - all crucial in supporting your body's immune cells. In particular, the mineral zinc helps to activate your body's T-cells to fight viruses or bacteria-ridden cells. Great when sprinkled on yogurt with fruit or porridge with a teaspoon of Manuka honey (Manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits).


7. COCONUT OIL

Contains Lauric acid, which boosts the immune system. Try adding a spoonful to stir-fry. Click here for a few recipes that include coconut oil.


8. LEMONS

They add electrolytes, sugar and refreshing flavour when added to water. Lemons also contain vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant.




Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after being in a public place, or after coughing, sneezing and always before touching your face.


Avoid close contact with other people, especially those who are unwell.


If you are sick you are strongly advised to stay at home. However if you do leave the house it is a good idea to wear a facemask.


Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will do the job.


Options include:


Diluting household bleach; To make a bleach solution, mix:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.

  • Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date.

  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

  • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.


Alcohol solutions; Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Click here to view EPA appoved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.



OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU.

STAY SAFE AND STAY SMART!

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