Don’t turn into a flu-zombie

WC Editorial Board

Fall is here. We can now embrace apple cider, pumpkin beer and beautiful fall colors. We’re talking of course, of the tapestry of browns and burnt oranges that color our nostrils during flu season.

With all the joy that fall brings, it unfortunately also marks the beginning of cold and flu season. While the sickness of the season may not be totally preventable, students can do their part to avoid getting sick in the first place.In many ways, cold and flu season could be compared to a zombie apocalypse. Despite the heap of infected, you have to build up an arsenal to protect yourself.

Between classes and coursework, many students have to choose between proofreading their papers and getting a few extra hours of pillow time, but during the flu-apocalypse, it’s important to be ahead of the game and catch up on sleep.According to Dr. Diwakar Balachandran, director of the Sleep Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, sleep may even prevent you from contracting the dreaded H1N1 virus. There is a significant connection between sleep and the immune system. According to Balachandran, people who are sleep deprived are not only more likely to get sick, but their bodies have a harder time fighting diseases once they are contracted.

Instead of machetes and firearms, the flu-apocalypse requires you stock up on vitamin C and super foods.That means to watch what you eat. We’re not talking calories and fat intake, but rather concerned about the quality of food we consume. Eating walking tacos and Twinkies all day is not going to help you fend off the flu bug. Vitamin C and super foods with vitamin K can help boost your immune system and helps your body ward off diseases. So, stock up on some vitamin rich spinach and other leafy greens. Even if you are opposed to eating them, spinach can attack as a repellent and protect you from the infected masses.

The last tip is the most obvious: wash your hands. If you constantly wash your hands, you will not contract the nasty diseases of your classmates. Also, try to avoid touching your mouth and nose, especially when you know you are near a flu zombie. Be careful Western; it’s dangerous out there.