Winter has arrived and so have its friends; Mr. Cold and Mrs. Flu. These sneaky little viruses have a greater effect on us during winter because they thrive better in cold weather climates. With adults averaging 3-4 colds and one case of the flu per year, we need to be proactive about staying healthy. We could easily go to the doctor and get a flu shot, but not everyone does it. By following these 4 simple steps to naturally building a resistance to cold and flu viruses, you will be healthy and happy all winter long!
Incorporate Probiotics into Your Diet
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that occur naturally in your body and in food. Probiotics are the good and healthy bacteria that support a strong digestive system by preventing inflammation and infection. With probiotics giving your white blood cells the ability to engulf cold and flu viruses, why not incorporate them in your day-to-day diet? Support your healthy bacteria by consuming fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, and yogurt. Already sick. Don’t worry! Probiotic enriched foods will help reduce the severity and duration of your cold or flu.
Say YES to Zinc
We are all aware that Vitamin C is good for you when you’re sick, but don’t forget about Zinc! Zinc acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that stops the replication of cold and flu cells. It improves immunity to bacteria and helps aid your digestion which decreases your susceptibility to infections. Like probiotic enriched foods, Zinc will help reduce the time that your cold or flu sticks around. Incorporate spinach, red meat, flaxseed, and kidney beans into your diet to stop those nasty viruses from reproducing!
Bundle up and get moving
Not only is exercise good for your heart, but it is a great immune booster as well. By integrating moderate exercise, such as a leisurely jog or walk into your daily routine, your immune response will increase and the intensity of your cold or flu will be lessened dramatically. But be careful! If you are already sick, you may want to let your body rest and recover. If you are experiencing a fever and allover body aches, you may increase the severity of your illness. Listen to your body and let it be your guide!
Lavender Oil Hand Sanitizer
We have all been told to wash your hands and to use hand sanitizer to decrease germ exchange between others. But in turn, this can actually create the perfect scenario for you to get sick! Alcohol based hand sanitizers dry out and crack your hands making you more susceptible to germs and toxins, and overuse of antibacterial products actually weakens your immune system. Prevent this from happening to you by making your own natural hand sanitizer… Combine 5-10 drops of lavender oil, 30 drops of tea tree oil, 1 tablespoon witch hazel extract, 8 ounces of pure aloe, & ¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil.
Remember your immune system is your friend…take care of your friend!
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