Flu shot alternatives boost your immune system

Flu shots aren't the only way to keep yourself healthy during the flu outbreak.
Flu shots aren't the only way to keep yourself healthy during the flu outbreak.

HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - There are many patients visiting the Hartselle Urgent Care, Family Medicine to get flu shots. Physician Jeb Hornsby said while the number of patients with flu like symptoms is starting to diminish, more and more people are asking for a flu shot. Hornsby also said it takes the vaccine about two weeks to take effect.

However, while the flu shot is one method to avoid the illness, there are other ways as well. "Certainly a healthy immune system can help prevent some of that." He said a healthy immune system means you can recuperate faster and avoid some illnesses altogether. "You know the three biggest things are what your mom probably told you growing up."

Number one, he started, is sleep. Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Teens need nine to ten, preschoolers eleven to twelve, and newborns sixteen to eighteen hours.

"Number two is eating healthy," Hornsby continued. "Eating your fruits and vegetables is certainly very important for the nutrients and things that you get to help your immune system stay healthy." He also included making sure there is a variety in color to maximize the effect.

Finally, "We know exercise reduces stress and improves your blood sugar and blood pressure and all those kinds of things."

By taking some precautions every day in terms of rest, diet and exercise you can lessen the effect of some illnesses and avoid others all together.

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