3 ways to safeguard your health against ‘coughing colleagues’
Friday 19/May/2017 - 12:03 PM
Feeling stuffy? We know you're tempted to plough ahead with the morning meeting، but it may be time to take a step back. New figures from the annual Fisherman's Friend cold and flu survey found three-quarters of Brits are willing to go into work when they ought to be taking time off. Another two-thirds blame coworkers for frequent sniffles and ailments.
If you are braving rush hour during flu season، it's time to office-proof your immune system with Men’s Health weirdest health boosters.
If you regularly find yourself sniffling، snuffling and (probably) moaning your way through the 9-5، while your colleagues fight off infections left، right and centre - it may be down to the first ever flu you encountered.
At least، that's what the journal Research in Science is suggesting. Researchers found a person's chances falling ill from the latest strain of flu are partially determined by their first ever illness.
But، if you're on the side that's already losing، it's not too late to get you into rude health in time for the week ahead. This trinity of do-good remedies are shy of nasal paraphernalia، chest rubs and multi-coloured pills. Instead، MH presents its three alternative approaches to immunity.
1. Get inked
If you require a push to finally go under the needle، research into the human immune response has got your back. Or arm، or chest، or wherever. A study by the University of Alabama has discovered a link between people sporting tattoos and a higher concentration of immunoglobin-A، your body’s vanguard against infection.
Those with multiple etchings also showed lower amounts of immune system-suppressing cortisol، perhaps explaining why David Beckham is always in such fine fettle.
2. It's a dog's life
Whether it’s a slobbery St Bernard or a pug-sized handbag filler coming at you، to swat away your canine is to do your body a disservice. Those with multiple etchings also showed lower amounts of immune system-suppressing cortisol، perhaps explaining why David Beckham is always in such fine fettle. Dogs work like a probiotic، helping you to develop healthy bacteria colonies that in turn boost your immune system – stopping you getting ill and، potentially، keeping you from having to spend all summer guzzling hayfever tablets like a labrador does dog treats.
Your new multi-vitamin comes with four legs.
3. Go soft
To shield yourself against winter bugs، you need a soft approach.
A single serving of crab hits your RDA for immune- boosting vit B12، meets half of your selenium needs and nets you the DHA and EPA fats that raise white blood cell activity.