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How to survive the flu season


Get ready for the flu season with our list of top ten flu-preventative measures.

With temperatures falling as mid-winter approaches, the deadly flu season is almost upon us. Killing around 40,000 people in the United States each year as well leaving hundreds of thousands more people bed-ridden for weeks, the flu is dreaded by everyone, particularly parents of young children.

There are, however, a number of simple measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the flu, including some new breakthroughs in flu-fighting remedies, such as the Sambucol elderberry extract. Clinical tests, see more here have shown that the active ingredient “antivirin” in the black elderberry is effective against both Type A & B of the flu virus.

Top ten tips to prevent getting the flu:

1. Get the flu vaccine each year. This is especially important for high-risk groups such as children and the elderly who can easily go on to develop fatal pneumonia.

2. Disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces, tabletops, doorknobs and children’s toys on a regular basis. The flu virus can remain infectious for weeks at room temperature and for over a month at 0 °C (32 °F).

3. Wash hands regularly. Good hygiene habits are essential to minimise exposure to omnipresent germs.

4. Get lots of rest - 12 to 14 hours sleep a night for children and 8 hours for adults. Don‘t go to work when you’re ill - stay at home and rest.

5. Eat-well. Nourishing winter comfort food such as chicken soup and mashed potato will keep up necessary energy levels. Avoid big heavy meals as these take vital energy to digest, resources which could be better used to fight infection.

6. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to boost your immune system, particularly fresh orange juice or kiwis which are full of vitamin C. Avoid taking vitamin supplements as research has shown that the large doses can cause health problems.

7. Increase your garlic consumption. Garlic is an excellent boost to the immune system and contains allicin, one of the nature’s most potent antibiotics.

8. Take Echinacea extract. Echinacea increases the level of properdin, a chemical which activates the part of the immune system responsible for increasing defence mechanisms against virus and bacteria attacks.

9. Drink plenty of water. A high liquid intake is important as the body uses water to flush out waste products and toxins.

10. Take Sambucol elderberry extract. Clinical tests have shown that the active ingredient “antivirin” in the black elderberry is effective against both Type A & B of the flu virus. Elderberries also contain one of the highest natural concentrations of antioxidants - essential for protecting cells from free radicals and for boosting the immune system.


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