Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts and wholegrain could help to prevent against the deadly Aussie flu this winter, a doctor has claimed.
That’s because most of the body’s immune system lives in the gut, so keeping a healthy diet could improve the body’s natural defences against viruses.
Cutting out sugar and alcohol from diets for a couple of days consecutively could also help to improve the immune system, said GP Dr Panja.
Managing stress and avoiding antibiotics may lower the risk of catching flu, too, the doctor said.
“People often don’t realise that 60 per cent of the body’s immune system lives in the gut, so looking after it can make a huge difference,” said Dr Panja.
“For many people, the festive season is a great time of year – catching up with friends and family, going to parties laden with rich foods and drinks. But, it can also be unhealthy.
“You don’t need to wait until you feel unwell to take action.”
Eating fermented cheese and yogurt could boost gut bacteria this festive season, said Panja.
Taking daily supplements may also reduce the risk of catching winter illnesses, he said.
He recommended taking Bimuno supplements, which help to stimulate the growth of preferred bacteria in the gut.
Panja’s comments came after research revealed 40 per cent of Brits feel tired and run-down over the Christmas period, due to festive flu.
Almost half of people admit it takes two weeks to feel normal again.
Flu outbreak in Australia has been the worst for 50 years, and has reportedly caused a number of deaths.
In the UK, the NHS revealed eight people had died this winter from flu, already.
NHS bosses have predicted that this winter would bring the worst flu epidemic for almost 50 years, in the UK.
Norovirus has also been on the rise in the UK, with an extra 14 per cent of cases reported this week.