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Include These 6 Things In Your Diet To Fight Off Flu Season

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Include These 6 Things In Your Diet To Fight Off Flu Season

Winter and autumn are beautiful seasons. But they are also the flu seasons. Our body can do so much to protect us from illness, but the fact is that it also needs our help. Are you wondering how you can help yourself to prevent the flu this season? There are many things that you can do actually, but let us share with you the following 6 things, which in our opinion, have the biggest ability to protect us from the flu!

A little bit on the topic of flu

The flu is a term used to refer to a common infectious disease. You can get infected by the flu any time of the year, but autumn and winter seem to be the seasons when the flu has been noticed to cause runny noses and sore throats the most!

Among the main symptoms, you will notice an increase in the body temperature, unexplainable weakness, headache, runny nose, and coughing. Luckily, all of these symptoms will be gone in a few days if you do make an effort to improve your condition. It seems that among the most successful treatment options a high fiber diet, herbal remedies and lots of hot fluids take their place!

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Which 6 things will help you avoid the flu this season?

As you probably know, it is always better to prevent something that to treat it. All that it requires is a bit of your effort regarding improving your diet, drinking fluids and taking the right supplements!

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C deserves the first place when it comes to preventing the flu and maintaining the function of your immune system! In fact, Vitamin C has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which play a great role when it comes to defending your body against the flu.

During the flu season make sure you increase your normal intake of Vitamin C. You can choose from a number of food products that are rich sources of Vitamin C – e.g. strawberries, oranges, lemons, broccoli, etc. But, if you want to make sure that you are taking the needed amounts of Vitamin C, you can always add a Vitamin C supplement to your diet.

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2. Vitamin D

Taking Vitamin D through food and supplements is important because this is the only vitamin that our body is unable to produce. That is why it is essential to make sure you are taking the recommended amounts, especially during the flu season. Milk, yogurt, egg yolks, salmon, and cheese are just a few of Vitamin D rich food sources that you will want to include in your diet.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that can be found in our gut whose amounts you will need to increase by increasing the intake of dark chocolate, yogurt, and kefir. Probiotics play other important roles besides making sure that our immune systems is working the proper way – e.g. increase our body’s resistance to bacteria, promote good digestion and improve intestinal flora balance.

4. Zinc

Use shrimp, pumpkin seeds, beef, chicken thighs, etc. to increase your intake of Zinc through the flu season. Zinc is needed for your immune system to work properly, so you would want to increase its levels in your body.

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5. Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to decrease the development of inflammation in our bodies. That is why it is essential to increase their levels by eating more salmon, spinach, soybeans, walnuts, and seafood. Besides preventing the flu, Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

6. Water

And last but not least – water! Drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day, will provide you the opportunity to feel the beneficial effects of water as it cleanses your body by eliminating the toxins and strengthens the immune system!

Conclusion

Staying home on a Friday night fighting the flu is not something that you want in your life. But luckily it is not something that cannot be prevented with a little effort. If you are wondering what you can do, we have the answer! One of the things that you can do is improve your diet!

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Simple as that, improving your diet can have many beneficial effects in maintaining your general health. All that you have to do is make sure you increase the normal amounts of certain compounds – e.g. Vitamin C, Vitamin D, probiotics, Omega 3 fatty acids, etc. And you can successfully increase their amounts through certain food products! And as always there are proper supplements that you can use as well to increase the amounts of Vitamin D and Vitamin C, which are among the best memory vitamins there are!

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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