Thyroid Hormones play an important role in our body’s health. They are involved in regulating metabolism, and are vital for growth, development and also proper of various body functions. People who have thyroid issues especially low thyroid also have poor immune function and thus are more susceptible to infections, especially viral infections.
Flu season is here and you might have already heard that there have been several cases of flu. It is vital to know how you can prevent the flu specially is your immunity is compromised because of poor thyroid function.
Now if your immunity is compromised than chances of getting the flu is higher for you as compared to anymore else. So I always warn my thyroid patients to be careful in the flu season. Also what I have seen is that my thyroid patients takes longer to recover from flu once they get it and are much more sicker during that time.
The bigger question is can you do anything to prevent the flu.
And the answer is yes there are things which certainly decrease your chances of getting the flu.
There are various things that can be done to help prevent the flu.
So the patients with thyroid disorders have altered immunity and are susceptible to infections more than other people.
In order to keep their immune system strong and not get the flu there are simple things that you can do that can be very helpful.
The above recommended things are low key and also have other benefits to your health besides just preventing you from flu.
We will see how this flu season looks like but if you prepare your body before hand your chances of getting flu will get reduced significantly.
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