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Five tips to kill the flu in the bud

16 January 2020
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Cinq conseils pour tuer la grippe dans l’œuf

Five tips to kill the flu in the bud

(EN) The back-to-school period rhymes with the possible return of the flu. Even if you have found the vein to avoid the flu, it is important to take steps to prevent it, and not risk infecting someone who cannot afford to get sick. Five tips to kill the flu in the bud.

Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the flu. Five tips to kill the flu in the bud. This year, let’s beat the forecasts with some practical advice from dietitian Geneviève Ledoux to strengthen your immune system:




Eat foods rich in nutrients.

Eating well is one of the best ways to help your body get all the nutrients it needs to boost your immune system. Foods like citrus, sweet peppers, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and probiotics, like yogurt, are rich in vitamins C and E as well as zinc, and are all useful allies to fight the disease. Consuming nutrient-dense foods rather than supplements has the added benefit of containing elements like fiber, calcium and good fats. Important reminder: Before eating this type of food, do not forget to wash your hands.


Get a good night’s sleep.

When your body is well rested, it is better equipped to fight microbes that attack your immune system. Make sure you rest well before you start to feel bad so that your immune system is ready to fight all of its “potential enemies”.


Stay active.

Exercise offers more benefits than just helping you stay in shape. Staying active can also help boost your immune system, which will lower your risk of getting the flu. People who exercise regularly will be less likely to get the flu and will recover faster if they get the flu.



Reduce stress to a minimum.

Unlike exercise, stress depletes the immune system. This is why it is important to minimize your stress levels, especially during high-risk periods. Stress and the flu take a heavy toll on the body; suffer one of them and you may be hit by the other. Practice yoga or meditate to promote relaxation.



Get the flu shot.

While the previous steps are important in helping us strengthen our immune system, the fact remains that 70-90% of flu cases can be prevented with vaccination. The best thing you can do is to get the flu shot every fall to make the best of it, and to protect those around you who cannot afford the flu.

Need help preventing the flu? The dietitian at your Provigo store can help you by offering individual consultations or by touring the store with you. Drop by the store today to make an appointment.

Also read: Five tips to help your kids manage their money at school

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