By Sarah Dyeengart/Business Insider The first and most important step to getting relief from the flu is to avoid common triggers.
If you’re experiencing flu symptoms, these can be the main culprits.
Here’s how to avoid the most common triggers for flu:1.
Avoid the cold and the flu are caused by viruses and bacteria.
This is a good thing, since viruses and microbes have a long history of infecting us.
However, they also can cause colds in other ways.
For example, a cold can be a sign of pneumonia, a disease caused by bacteria.
The main difference between colds is the duration of the symptoms.
If the symptoms are brief, you’re more likely to get a cold than if they last longer.
But if you have flu-like symptoms, you can be more likely for a cold to come back.2.
Avoid antibiotics and antibiotics aren’t a cure.
In fact, some antibiotics are ineffective, or can cause side effects.
They also don’t work on everyone.
So make sure to take care of yourself and take antibiotics only as prescribed.3.
Avoid foods that contain wheat, barley, soy, and other gluten-containing grains.
Some of these grains contain gluten, which causes gluten sensitivity, or sensitivity to gluten in people with celiac disease.
That’s why people with gluten sensitivity may have a higher risk for having a cold.4.
Avoid caffeinated drinks.
The flu can be mild, but a high-energy drink can make a cold worse.
It can also irritate your nose and throat.
Don’t use alcohol.
A study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that people with asthma are more likely than the general population to experience a cold and influenza.
A high-sugar, high-fat diet can also make it worse.6.
Don, don’t drink soda.
Many of us are drinking a lot of sugary beverages.
You don’t have to avoid sugar in your diet.
However: drinking more than one serving of sugared soft drinks per day may increase your risk of a cold or flu.7.
Cigarette smoking can be deadly.
There are ways to quit and you should consult a health care professional if you want to quit.8.
Take plenty of vitamin supplements.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin for your body, and a low intake can contribute to inflammation in your body.
There is a lot you can do to help prevent colds.
For more on the flu, check out our article about how the flu pandemic is affecting the economy.