Natural Ways to Prevent Flu Season

It’s that time of the year when we dust off the old winter boots, bring out the sweaters, and… prepare for flu season? That’s right! Even though flu season doesn’t peak until January or February, it’s still important you take the proper measures to protect yourself and your family ahead of time.

Here are 5 natural ways you can prevent catching the flu:

1. Eat healthy

We get it, when it’s cold outside, yummy comfort foods are your go-to. But it’s important to put down the hot chocolate and cookies… and stick to vitamin-rich goodies like fruits, nuts, veggies and fish. Always remember to stay hydrated with plenty of water.

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2. Catch some ZZZs

Believe it or not, getting a good night’s rest helps fight off irritability and viral infections. If sleeping through the night is a challenge, thanks to your noisy neighbor, try to take a mid-day nap to boost your immune system.

3. Break a sweat

The more you pump up your heart rate, the less chance you have of catching the flu. That’s because when you exercise you keep the air flow through your sinuses moving, so you’re less likely to catch a bug. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity five days a week.

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4. Relax mindfully

Studies show that meditation, guided imagery, or even the mental repetition of a positive phrase can actually boost your immune system and reduce cortisol levels that are associated with stress. Basically the positive energy creates more endorphins, serotonin and dopamine and these happy chemicals protect your body.

5. Connect meaningfully

Never underestimate the power of your relationships. Spending time with family and friends is the perfect medicine to stay healthy during flue season. Set up dinner dates or hit the gym together to keep your mind and body fit and healthy.

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Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.