Flu season is reaching its peak in Arizona and around the country. If you have not received your flu shot there is still time.
The absolute best tip to keep from getting a cold or the flu is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. If you touch a surface with cold or flu germs (including shaking hands) and then touch your face, nose or mouth, you have just infected yourself with the flu.
One of the best ways to fend off the cold and flu is to boost your immunity. The most sure fire way to boost your immunity is to eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies and to get regular exercise. Exercise has a proven effect on the immune system. Even with moderate exercise, your immune system will function at a higher level and remain elevated for about three hours.
If you do get a cold or the flu, it is important to stay hydrated. If you can’t keep fluids down — if you are vomiting or have diarrhea — it is especially important to replenish fluids in your body. The World Health Organization suggests a basic therapy solution composed primarily of salt, sugar and water in the following ratio:
• 1 quart water
• 2 tablespoons of sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Sip this solution SLOWLY.
Babies can be given the solution with a dropper or syringe. Infants under 2 should be given a teaspoon every minute or two. Older children and adults should sip from a cup.
If you can keep fluids down, try eating some chicken soup. In addition to easing congestion, cough and sore throat, researchers suggest that ingredients in chicken soup may have some anti-inflammatory properties.
Homemade Chicken Soup
1 whole chicken – skin on
1 large onion – quartered
3/4 stalk of celery (about 3 cups) – washed, chopped in half-inch pieces, leaves and all
4-5 carrots, scrubbed, chopped in half-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Combine all the ingredients on a stock pot. Fill the pot with water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Enjoy and good health to you!