Viruses are most commonly spread by direct contact from one infected person to another. Be aware of those who sneeze or cough, and encourage children to cover those areas.

Regular, moderate exercise can boost the immune system as a result of an increased production of the white blood cells that engulf invading bacteria. Balance that exercise with common sense, because if it’s too intense, the increased fatigue lowers resistance to infection.

High intensity sport can induce “leaky gut” where infective matter can access the blood stream and affect immune resistance too. Cut back on the use of heaters inside and layer up instead. Air conditioning drives heat through the house but the accompanying mould spores, dust particles and other irritants spread throughout the home.

Our body also needs water to remove waste and to transport minerals in and out of the cells. Water and herbal tea are great hydration sources, especially if you replace sugar with Manuka honey.

Eating a nutritionally-balanced diet is the healthy option during the cooler months. Soups, casseroles and stir fries are obvious food options, along with added vegetables like sweet potato and carrots. Foods to fight infection include berries, garlic, mushrooms, green tea and red, yellow and orange vegetables.

So much of this is quite easy to implement.

Questions:

  • Are hand sanitizers effective?
  • What’s the difference between regular honey and Manuka?
  • How can risk of catching a virus from grandchildren be reduced?
  • Do antibiotics work on a virus?

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