Sometimes the flu shot works, and sometimes it doesn’t, 20% of the time to be exact. So, how can you stay well this winter if your flu shot didn’t work – or you didn’t get one? I have the anti-flu diet! We found this in Prevention magazine and it comes from Dr. J. Mark Davis from the University of South Carolina.
- His virus avoiding strategy is this: Eat more apples, blueberries, broccoli, spinach, lettuce and onions. Why? Because they all contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin and that antioxidant has been shown to reduce the risk of flu. Best of all are red onions, which have triple the quercetin of most other fruits and vegetables. Eat them raw or cooked. In fact, cooking foods with quercetin makes the antioxidants easier to absorb. Also, a high consumption of quercetin has been linked to catching fewer colds as well.
- Here’s something else you should know about colds and flu. If you’re sick and you wear contact lenses – take them out and put on your glasses until you’re well. Why? Your eyes don’t work as well when you’re sick. That’s according to the University of Alabama School of Optometry. You have a decline in tear production that makes people who wear contact lenses more prone to conjunctivitis. So wear your regular glasses until you’re feeling better or at the very least, switch to disposable contact lenses that you change daily to avoid an infection.
- Squash stress. A recent study found that military recruits were more likely to get upper-respiratory infections right after they went through combat training – which is incredibly stressful. The best way to reduce stress – exercise for an hour a day, but not just lifting weights, you’ve got to get your heart rate up and do something aerobic to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.