The flu season is upon us, but how can we best protect ourselves over the coming winter months? Flu is a serious business and not just a case of colds and sniffles which can put us out of action and feeling miserable; tens of thousands of people were hospitalised last winter because of the flu.
Last month, the national seasonal flu campaign launched in the UK, encouraging uptake of the flu vaccine in the most at-risk groups. These are older people, very young children, pregnant women and those with serious health conditions or a weakened immune system. But, for those of us considered healthy individuals and not eligible for the free vaccine, what can we do to get through the flu season unscathed.
Tip # 1 Prevention is better than cure
There are various tactics you can adopt; first and foremost, avoid contact with sick people and if you are suffering from flu-like symptoms limit your contact with others to stop the spread.Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth or nose, can also help limit the spread of germs.
Tip # 2 See your GP
Antibiotics are ineffective in treating flu which is a viral infection and taking antibiotics unnecessarily can cause more harm than good. However, doctors are now able to prescribe one of the new anti-viral drugs, which can prevent a virus from multiplying quickly in the body. They have been proved to cut the amount of time you suffer from symptoms.
Tip # 3 Build up your immune system
Those with an immune system in peak condition are much less likely to succumb to the flu virus and if you are eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly then you are definitely taking a step in the right direction. But what do you do if you want to take it to the next level?
Exercise is proven to boost the immune system as blood is pumped around your body, taking fresh supplies of nutrients to where they are needed to ward off infections, so now might be the time to up your exercise quota.
Vitamin C is crucial in the fight against flu as even a small deficiency in this valuable vitamin has been proven to increase the severity of respiratory infections. Although it is possible to up your intake of fruit and vegetables and take a vitamin C supplement, there are limits to the amount of vitamin C it is possible to take orally, which is where IV Nutrient Therapy comes in.
At Wimpole Aesthetics we offer the Myer’s Cocktail IV and High-Dose Vitamin C IVto our London clients. These play a key role in the fight again flu, both as a preventative measure and also to shorten duration and lessen severity of an attack. They can also help with recovery which can be prolonged after a severe case of influenza. The Myer’s Cocktail contains a valuable combination of vitamins and minerals which as well as treating seasonal flu, can help with a wide range of health concerns.If you’re interested in learning more, call us on