Sickness season is definitely upon us. You or someone you know has probably fallen victim to cold, flu, stomach bug, or strep throat. Let’s take a look at some natural immune boosters and nip those suckers in the bud.
1. Choose the right foods.
You won’t be shocked to hear that diet plays a huge role in avoiding illness. Healthy foods keep your system running optimally and this includes the immune system. The best way to go this, or any, time of year? Eat seasonally. Root veggies, citrus fruits, pears, and kiwi are all prime during winter months. Cook up some soup for a well-rounded (and warm) healthy meal.
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2. Prescribe some self-care.
Of course keeping stress low, adequate sleep, and regular exercise all help to keep you cold and flu-free. Following are a few more natural immune boosters to add in this season.
3. Choose immune-boosting drinks.
Upping your antioxidant intake will not only help to keep illness at bay, but is also great for skin, hair, and nails. Try Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant or Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil.
Ginger holds many health benefits, and can help to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Ginger is helpful in boosting the immune system and alleviating sore throat and runny nose. It also warms the body and eases nausea. Sip ginger tea or try a spoonful of raw fresh ginger with a dab of lemon juice.
4. Wash your hands.
Washing your hands regularly with soap cuts down on germs and your likelihood of catching a virus. If you aren’t near running water, try a natural hand sanitizer. Honest Co. makes a spray version that smells great and is free from nasty chemicals.
Taking a few precautions and boosting your immune system will help to decrease your chances of coming down with something this cold and flu season. Better safe than sorry.
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