When flu hits your household, it can make things a little hectic, with not only missed school days for the little ones but days out of work for mom and dad. However, practicing good hygiene and implementing a few healthy lifestyle changes can help your body fight off those nasty flu bugs.

Flu viruses spread when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu can be contracted when you touch something with the virus on it and later touch your mouth, eyes, or nose. Be sure to wash your hands frequently. It’s the first piece of advice every health care professional gives to help ward off flu germs, but regularly washing your hands is really one of the best, and easiest, ways to prevent infection and spread of illness.

Nearly 70 percent of your immune system lies in your digestive tract so incorporating additional nutrition into your family’s diet is even more vital during flu season. Consuming foods rich in vitamins C and E, like berries, avocado, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and kale, will help you feel and look your best. Try flavoring foods with more garlic, which contains both vitamin C and zinc, to help support the body’s immune response and protect it against infections. Take probiotics to restore balance to the gut microbiome, which supports overall immune function. Avoid sweet substances like soda and candy, as these contain excessive amounts of sugar that can impair your immune response.

Sleep is also vital in helping the body ward off and recover from illnesses. Be aware of how much sleep you are getting each night to keep your body well rested. Different age groups require varied hours of sleep each day. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep per night; teens eight to 10 hours; school-age children nine to 11 hours; and, toddlers 11 to 14 hours.

Even with the best of precautions, flu can hit hard and fast. Make sure your family medicine cabinet is stocked with Boiron’s Oscillococcinum. Clinical studies show that Oscillococcinum, when taken at the onset, helps reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue.  This homeopathic medicine does not cause drowsiness, has no known drug interactions, and can be used for everyone ages 2 and up.

For more tips, videos and recipes to help keep your family well through the flu season and beyond, visit Oscillo.com/wellness.

Find Boiron’s cold and flu remedies in the wellness department of your local Earth Fare!

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