Stay healthy during the Winter season Source: Wikipedia

Winter sniffles: Five ways to get through the flu this season

Winter is here again along with the flu season. Here are some tips to try stay healthy this Winter.


Stay healthy during the Winter season Source: Wikipedia

In Winter, Capetonians can expect to spend a lot of time shivering indoors. During this time many people can also expect to be stuck in bed with the flu.

According to the Department of Health, the flu season normally begins during the first week of June. However, flu season can start as early April or late as July.

However, this year the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health (NICD) claimed that the flu season may have begun in March this year with very few flu cases.

So if you want to avoid those seasonal sniffles here are some ways that might help.

How to stay healthy this Winter

Make healthy choices

During the cold Winter, you might be tempted to go for those unhealthy snack foods and drinks such as hot chocolate and any other salty sugary foods. This is no-no during the Winter season.

It is better to drink water and eat your vegetables such as cabbage, lentils, citrus fruits and winter squash.

Also getting exercise for a half hour, three times a week will help you boost your mood. 

Let in some fresh air

When it’s cold and cloudy outside, the last thing that you might want to do is open a window to let in some fresh air.

But letting in some fresh air is good for your health. By allowing fresh air in to circulate and push out stale air, you’ll be decreasing your chances of getting sick. 

Clean hands and home

Every day we come into contact with different surfaces that could potentially have germs.  Washing your hands regularly is something that should be done even during the Summer season. Even wiping your hands with sanitiser or wet wipes is beneficial.

The cold wet Winter season means many of you will be wanting to stay indoors. For this reason, it’s very important to keep your surfaces and vents clean. This will make sure that your air stays clean.

If you already have the flu

Cover the cough

When you’re coughing, germs can easily be spread. It is best to cover your mouth with your elbow or upper sleeve will help stop this.

There are also over the counter medicine to help treat the tickle in your throat.

Stay hydrated 

If you have the flu, it’s best to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of warm fluids. 

Rest and distress

If you have come down with the flu, you are contagious. You need to stay at home from work or school. Not only will you not be able to work at your best but you will also risk infecting those around you. 

Use steam if you’re feeling stuffed

If your nose is feeling stuffy, sit in the bathroom with the door closed and the shower water running hot. Keep the water running until the bathroom is filled with steam.

Keep away from the hot water to avoid being burned while you allow the steam to clear your nostrils.