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It wouldn’t be considered the holidays if not at least one person in your immediate family gets sick. It’s that time of the year where you put your body under a lot of pressure to make sure all the little things come together. However, it is important to ensure you take care of your health and stay proactive. Here are some tricks to eradicate those nasty bugs and stay ill-free.

1. Hydrate yourself

Your immune system is working twice as hard to fight off un welcomed bacteria. Make sure your body stays hydrated to keep your immune system firing optimally.


2. Take a probiotic

Probiotics are healthy bacteria’s. Its initial purpose is to consume as much space as possible so that the bad bacteria don’t have the opportunity in developing further or even entering your system in the first place. Probiotics have also been proven to improve digestive function, increase mineral absorption, and improve immune response.


3. Drink Green Tea

Green Tea is filled with anti-oxidants and poly-phenols which aid the body in restoring damaged blood cells. This tea will boost immunity and prepare to fight off bacterial invasion.


4. Avoid copious amounts of dairy

This one might be a tough pill to swallow but dairy suppresses the immune system. Limiting and avoiding dairy products if you are already ill will most likely improve your symptoms.


5. Honey

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A common remedy to soothe a sore throat but in recent studies, honey appeared to be as effective as a common cough suppressant. Since honey is much more tastier, low-cost, and essentially in everyone’s cupboard it may as well be worth adding to your tea.


6. Relax

Stress or/ and lack of sleep (usually go hand in hand) are what make catching the flu more likely. Cortisol, the stress hormone, suppresses the immune system. This is normal as cortisol is needed in the event that energy is required to deal with threats. However, if the inflammatory response stays above a normal level and abolishes the immune system for longer periods of time. Your body’s immunity response is constrained.


7. Wash your hands

You touch door handles, money, elevator buttons, keyboards, you name it – the list goes on. This habit is one of the best ways you can prevent infection and prevent the spread of infection. Carry hand-sanitizer in your bag for easy access or when limited to a washroom.


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