5 tips to avoid flu at work

| May 21, 2018

Both employees and companies have an interest in stopping flu bugs running through a workplace during the winter months.

With flu season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about keeping the flu at bay. Workers with symptoms should stay at home, as ‘bravely’ coming into the office will only infect everyone else and win them few favours.

Individuals themselves can take steps to stay healthy and make sure they stay productive.  The team at Sharp have put forward their favourite tips and tricks for staying in the clear this cold and flu season.

Get your blood pumping!

Time and time again we hear about the health benefits of exercise, including the ways in which it helps to boost our immunity and fight against disease. Studies have supported the belief that regular engagement in moderate exercise promotes an increase in immunoglobin A, which is an antibody that neutralises pathogens.

Whether it be hitting the gym, going for a run, playing winter sports, or joining in on a dance class, get your blood pumping this winter to help fight your flu.

Clear the air

Airborne pathogens are one of the many ways we can catch the flu, so purifying the air around you is an effective way of eradicating the spread of harmful germ particles. Modern air purifiers are a great way to improve the air quality in your home or office, in order to keep the air fresh and clean. Air Purifiers can capture over 99% of airborne dust particles and inactive airborne microbes.

They also release positive and negative ions into the air, which adhere to floating microbes, breaking them open, and rendering them inactive. By cleansing the air of nasties, you’re decreasing the chances of catching or sharing your cold with others sharing the space around you.

Amp up your diet

Having a healthy diet is a sure-fire way to boost your immune system, so make sure you get all your vitamins and nutrients this winter. Stock up on seasonal veggies that are rich in vitamins C and D, pack in proteins and legumes that are high in zinc, and don’t hold back on the garlic. The Sharp kitchen team have pulled together the perfect pumpkin soup recipe full of all the right flu-fighting vitamins that can be cooked in a microwave and be ready in less than half an hour.

Drink tea

In addition to a hearty and balanced diet this winter, keeping hydrated by brewing vitamin-rich tea is another great way to fight off that nasty cold. All containing their own natural medicinal qualities, lemon – high in vitamin C  ginger and honey, both rich in antibacterial properties, are an undeniably good combination for a flu-fighting tea. So get that kettle on, and start sipping away.

Wash your hands

This may seem obvious, but washing your hands regularly is a vital way of curbing the spread of germs! Make sure you wash your hands after every bathroom trip, before every meal, and especially after coughing or sneezing, to avoid catching the flu or sharing it!.