If it’s not alliteration, its rhyme. I mean, I couldn’t name this post “F-You to the Flu” so, I went with the far more gentle option of “Bid Adieu to the Flu”.
Either name used, I think it’s clear what we’re here to discuss today – boosting our immune systems in preparation for the winter months ahead. Or at least, doing what we can in a sensible fashion, that isn’t too extreme, to prevent illness taking over our lives.
See, one thing all office workers have in common – whether they’re in the US, UK or Australia – is the fact that if one person gets the flu, everyone gets the flu.
It’s a right royal pain in the behind, especially when you’re trying to strut through the office in your ridiculously high heels and flawless skin trying to look glam as fuck (no? just me?) but failing due to having to sniff into a tissue because Sharon caught a bug from her kids and her husband is curled up with the man-flu, so she decided to come into the office anyway, because she needed a break from it all...
I’m side-eyeing you Sharon, side-eying you real good.
Anyway that, my darlings, is an example of an incredibly long sentence but I simply don’t care.
It was necessary.
Just like it’s necessary to look after yourself in cold and flu season.
(See what I did there? I am killing it today!)
Anyway, every cold and flu season an article does the rounds about how the flu effects men more than women (i.e. the man flu). This isn’t just because us women don’t know how to stop, being the powerhouses of energy that we are, but because estrogen helps the body defends itself against the Influenza A virus.
That being said, it doesn’t mean we don’t get sick, we don’t feel under the weather, and the flu (or colds) doesn’t negatively impact our health and our lives.
It does, and that’s life, but that doesn’t mean we have to take it lying down, curled up in the fetal position, crying into our Kleenex.
So when our oestrogen isn’t enough to keep the lurgy away, and Sharon’s nose once again starts showing those tell-tale signs of a sniffle, what can we do to fight the good fight, and continue continuing on?
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. The Immune System is a system, and is reliant on the health of many different parts of our bodies and lives in order to run at peak efficiency.
I could list a dozen foods that would boost your immune system, but if you’re smoking a pack a day, and bathing in cheeto dust, that’s not going to help.
What is going to help, however, is a few lifestyle changes to give your immune system the best chance possible at fighting the lurgy:
I mean, this one is just sensible. Sure, you have to die of something, but I can think of better ways to die than cancer.
Alcohol, not water. Drink more water. Have a vino or two, that’s fine – just not every night. Have a glass of wine, not a bottle, y’know what I mean?
Eat a healthy diet
Fruits, veggies, whole grains, you know the drill.
The flu can’t catch you if you’re running fast enough. Wait, no… that’s not how it works, is it? Still, get active!
I cannot stress the importance of adequate sleep in your life. Get. More. Sleep.
It all sounds easy, doesn’t it? And that’s because it is. Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy immune system, and you’ll be kicking Influenza’s butt in no time.
Being healthy is easy, it just takes a little practice.
You can’t stop Sharon from avoiding her sick kids or husband who has the man flu and turning up at work despite being visibly unwell. You can, however, stop yourself from getting too snotted up, and that, to me, is half the battle won.
xx Bry Jaimea