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A True Flu Battle: How to Prevent Before It Starts

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's coming. Not the fall. Not the holidays. Not the election. The flu. It's almost the time of year when the flu takes hold and runs absolutely rampant. For the most part, we handle the flu pretty well. We might run fever and suffer body aches, but we get over it in a few days. Of course, it's still not a pleasant experience. And then there are those who really struggle with the virus and get severely sick for days on end. If you want to win the battle of the flu, you can't wait until it hits you. The real battle is keeping it away in the first place! If you would like to avoid the flu this year, take a look at these precautions to start taking right now. 

Use Prevention Techniques

Don't ignore the things that really work -- washing your hands, covering your mouth, and avoiding sick people. It sounds simple, but it works! If you never introduce the flu virus into your body, you won't get sick. You can also visit your doctor for a flu shot. Though the efficacy and safety of the flu shot seems to always be in question, most doctors agree that it's best for vulnerable populations to get the vaccine. If you're not in a high risk group, talk to your doctor to determine what's best for your health and body.

Beef Up the Immune System

The immune system us what fights off illness. When the immune system is weak, your body can't fight off germs. You'll catch every little virus that enters your body. In short, you'll be sick all the time. A strong immune system can stop many illnesses in their tracks. You won't get sick often, and if you do, you may find that the duration is shorter and the symptoms less severe. To beef up the immune system, make sure you're getting enough of Vitamins C and D, and consider adding elderberry supplements -- a plant that specifically helps fight viruses in the body. Chiropractic, because it helps optimize your nervous system, can also add to improving your immune system.

Know the Signs

When it comes to the flu, the sooner you get treatment, the more likely it is to work. Make sure you get to know both your body and the signs of illness. Make sure you're looking for the fever, the chills, the body aches. If you notice these symptoms creeping in, get to the doctor for an evaluation. Even if you can't completely avoid the flu, you may be able to keep it under control with prompt care.

Keeping the flu away is a good idea. Even though it's usually mild and manageable, there are times when the flu can be severely damaging to our bodies -- and it can even be fatal. Use these tips to prepare your body now, and make it through the season with your health in a good and safe place.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.

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