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This year’s flu is a bear. In fact, the 2017/2018 flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that, even this late in flu season, which starts in October, recommends getting a flu shot. The flu is widespread in almost corner of the country and has already claimed the lives of 37 children (as of January 26, 2018, according to the CDC.) In addition, there has been a cumulative rate of 51.4 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population, according to the CDC.

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On this Groundhog Day when the furry prognosticator predicts another six weeks of winter, how can we heighten our chances of not getting sick? EverBeautiful once again turns to Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine to provide us with a comprehensive list of 15 to do’s to fight the flu. Here are his recommendations …

  1. Keep your surroundings clean, wipe surfaces at work, keep your cell phone clean. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours.
  2. Wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. Remember the workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where the hand washing comes into play.
  3. Increase intake of vitamin D, C, E and A. Include foods such as red bell peppers (add to salads), sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon and garlic. Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or so decreases the risk of catching the flu and swine flu.
  4. Bring your own lunch to work where you can control food prep and ensure surfaces are clean.
  5. Get a full night’s sleep. When you feel run down you’re more susceptible to illness.
  6. Work from home when feeling sick. These days it’s easier for people to work from home at the slightest signs of cold or flu.
  7. Eat kimchi! It’s delicious and a great probiotic which boost immunity.
  8. Add mushrooms to your meal. Packed with selenium, they’re an immunity booster.
  9. Sip green or black tea rich in polyphenols and flavonoids which ward off illness. They also contain L-theanine, an immunity boosting amino acid.
  10. Munch on sweet potato fries which are high in vitamin A which boosts your immune system and helps us fight off bacteria and viruses.
  11. Don’t touch your face especially the eyes.The average person touches their face around 15 times per hour! It’s something we do unconsciously, so the more aware we are of face touching, the more we can stop.
  12. Soup it up! Chicken veggie noodle or ginger garlic soup fights flu and sinus infection.
  13. Exercise regularly! Doing 30 minutes of moderate cardio per day is optimal to enhance the performance of infection-fighting white blood cells.
  14. Go hands-free on the smartphone. When we put our phones down and then pick them up or touch them, this is where viruses can spread. Using earbuds and cleaning the phone with a devise friendly cleaner will help.
  15. Lose the booze. You really want to cut back on alcohol consumption during flu season. It dehydrates us and lowers our immunity so our ability to fight off viruses is impaired.

How to prevent flu

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at http://www.drcal.net

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