I should have posted this info last week before the flu entered my house but, better late than never!
Robert and Annette Mahoney, with FirstLight HomeCare, a national network of in-home care franchises, are healthcare experts who specialize in providing in-home care for seniors, new moms and those who can’t currently take care of themselves. They have come up with some tips that can help immune compromised individuals lessen their risk of getting the flu.
Since we’re right in the middle of the most severe flu season in years, if you haven’t gotten the flu yet, avoiding it is most likely on your priority list. No one has time to get sick and the flu is an especially unfortunate sickness to catch. FirstLight HomeCare has provided five tips you may not have thought of in flu prevention that pack a powerful punch.
- A Spoonful of Coconut Oil.
Not only does coconut oil smell and taste like sitting on a tropical island, it also has powerful properties that increase your immune defense. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which converts to monolaurin. Monolaurin fights overtime defend your immune system. To easily incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine, just stir a spoonful into your coffee or tea.
- Drink some warm tea.
Speaking of tea, it can also be used to boost immunity and aid in flu and cold prevention. According to a Harvard study, drinking green or black tea daily, several times a day, can make you 10 times less likely to catch the flu. Tea can also help wash viruses from your throat and once the germs are in your stomach, they can’t survive.
- Experiment with Garlic.
Garlic is known for many things and one of the less well-known qualities of garlic is its use as an antiviral. Garlic’s antiviral qualities are due to a component within garlic called, allicin, which has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Keep in mind that allicin is only obtained from raw garlic, so choose a preparation that calls for it raw, or add garlic at the end of cooking to tap its full medicinal power.
- Don’t just wash, use lotion.
During this season we are often reminded to wash our hands. While that is essential to keeping germs at bay, it’s also important to regularly hydrate your skin with lotion. When you skin cracks, germs can become trapped in those cracks, increasing your chances of getting the flu. So try an antibacterial or hand soap with lotion instead.
- Try lemon.
Lemons are not only packed with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defenses but it can also help build resistance to the flu, according to Dr. Oz. His suggest is to add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to stay well, build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing if you do succumb.