The upcoming holidays present the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after busy months of toil. It’s a great way for people to reward themselves with a meaningful trip or a line-up of social gatherings. But reaping the fruits of one’s labor isn’t quite satisfying when they’re down with a nasty flu bug in the heart of winter. We highlight effective wellness tips to keep the sniffles at bay and make the most of precious me-time.
Stock Up On Vitamins
There are 13 essential vitamins that help regulate the human body’s metabolic functions, which strengthen the immune system and fend off the flu. These vitamins include A, C, D, and various B types like riboflavin (B2) and biotin (B7). Diverse food types of nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits can help account for the required daily intake of vitamins.
While a healthy and balanced diet fulfills daily vitamin requirements, it is common for people to miss their targets due to irregular meals resulting from a busy schedule. In such cases, individuals may consider health supplements as a short-term fix. However, it is important to consult a dietician or healthcare practitioner before introducing supplements to a diet to determine the most suitable dosage while avoiding adverse reactions.
Contrary to popular belief, sleep isn’t for the weak. In fact, it is a vital part of life that gives the body much-needed time to regenerate and recharge for optimal performance. Specifically, a healthy sleep routine of at least seven hours of quality rest per night (for adults) sustains immune system function, staving off opportunistic pathogens like the flu bug.
Some effective ways to improve rest quality include:
- Listening to relaxing music or engaging in soothing activities like reading shortly before bed.
- Installing blackout blinds that minimize light in the bedroom.
- Configuring HVAC systems to a comfortable temperature conducive to rest.
- Lighting aromatherapy with calming scents like lavender and peppermint.
Get Regular Exercise
The human body functions like a machine that requires constant motion for the best function. Regular exercise provides the routine maintenance needed to sweat out and eliminate the bacteria from the body responsible for causing ailments like the flu.
According to the CDC, adults should aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and two days of muscle-strengthening activity every week. Exercise also proves beneficial for people with the flu. Light physical activities (that stimulate 55–64% of the body’s maximum heart rate) like walking and gentle forms of yoga, open the nasal passages to reduce the discomforts of congestion.
Manage Stress Levels
Unmoderated stress is notorious for causing chronic conditions like cardiac problems, respiratory issues, digestive concerns, and psychological disorders. Keeping stress levels unchecked can also weaken immune systems in the short term, increasing the risk of developing flu-like symptoms.
Proper sleeping habits, balanced diets, and meditation are proven ways to cope with stress and boost overall wellness. Where possible, individuals should limit or curb certain lifestyle practices like smoking and drinking, which might place undue stress on the body. Studies also show that regular social interactions stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone that alleviates stress.
Practice Optimal Hygiene
Individuals avoiding getting sick during flu season should maintain strict hygiene practices that reduce the risk of exposure to pathogens. While there are no foolproof ways to entirely avoid environmental pollutants, the following practices can limit infection:
- Staying at home or avoiding crowded places when feeling unwell. Feeling under the weather might indicate a compromised immunity.
- Keeping the body hydrated to flush harmful oral bacteria and germs found in the saliva.
- Wearing a mask while outdoors, especially during the busy holiday period.
- Using a disinfectant when required and practicing the five-step hand washing technique.
Use Mobile Care Services
Mobile Care Health offers diverse medical tests and IV treatments for sickness prevention across all seasons. Users can customize treatment and wellness plans according to their preferences from a one-stop concierge medical program available at their convenience.
Denver IV Lounge
Mobile Care Health’s IV lounge offers various health-boosting packages for coping with the flu season. The specialized lounge serves as a multi-purpose retreat for replenishing hydration (ideal for beating the summer heat), skin recovery, and strengthening immune systems.
The lounge’s Vitality Recovery IV treatment provides essential vitamins and minerals for increased protection against the cold and flu. Vitality Recovery clients receive a rejuvenating supply of health-boosting ingredients including thiamine, B-complex, taurine, and amino acids. Individuals can look and feel good during the holidays with the Skin Recovery package which restores the natural healthy glow of their skin. The treatment delivers a combination of Vitamin C and glutathione, a powerful antioxidant for repairing damaged cells.
Book your IV appointment with Mobile Care Health today to stay in the pink of health for the holidays and beyond.