Wintertime brings with it the flu season. And with the current situation going on in the world, having a strong robust immune system is key. Whilst we cannot ensure we will not get the flu, there are definitely things we can do to avoid or reduce the severity of it. There are so many NATURAL options that help the body thrive and help build organic immunity.
1. LOOK AT YOUR DIET - (“Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”)
Eating a variety of different coloured fruit and veg will give you a good natural source of vital vitamins that are required by the immune system.
Add anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents to your meals. Adding natural flavouring such as: ginger, garlic onions and spices not only adds flavour but, reduces inflammation and fights bad bacteria.
2. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
Keep a filtered water bottle with you wherever you go and sip it frequently. Also include warm fluids like herbal teas and homemade vegetable soups or bone broth.
3. LIMIT SUGAR! – Sugar = Inflammation
After eating refined sugar your immune system is suppressed for hours. Ditch processed foods, breads, fruit juice, and soda!
4. STRESS LESS AND THRIVE
Prolonged stress can weaken your body's defence system, avoid it when you can. Make it a point to unwind and do things you enjoy. Try melting stress with meditation, yoga, or a light calming walk.
5. HAPPY PEOPLE = HEALTHY PEOPLE
Strong social ties have a big effect on health. There are so many ways to broaden your social circle, why not try:
Volunteering at a local group or join a group that interests you.
Nurture the bonds you already have. Switch off your phone and be completely present.
6. SLEEP IS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS BEST FRIEND.
Lack of sleep seriously impacts the body's ability to fight disease. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night and if you are run down the more sleep you get the better. Keep the bedroom cool and give yourself time to unwind at the end of the day.
7. EXERCISE TO INCREASE IMMUNITY.
Cold weather, dark mornings, and evenings normally see a drop in motivation to get out and get moving. It is important to not let these excuses creep in, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. It does not have to be hard-core. Any type of movement can help, ride a bike, walk, do yoga, or swim. Just MOVE!
8. VIT D LEVELS MAY DECREASE DURING WINTER.
Spending time outdoors in the sunlight is our best source of Vitamin D. However, the days are shorter and less sunny so many people fall short in their Vit D levels during winter. Vitamin D is so important for immunity, so consider taking a good quality Vitamin D supplement and eating a diet that contains a few of the following; oily fish, eggs, beef, liver, and mushrooms.
9. REGULAR ADJUSTMENTS HELP.
Every system in our body including the immune system is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. When there is a blockage (subluxation) messages cannot communicate to the immune system clearly, thus we become more susceptible to getting sick.... Get adjusted regularly to avoid this!
10. PURIFY THE AIR YOU BREATHE.
Did you know that many plants can remove harmful toxins from the air? There are several species of indoor plants that can act as powerful air cleansers capable of ridding the air of noxious compounds. Add some fresh bright plants to your home and enjoy fresher air.
Along with oxygenating plants air purifiers remove not only harmful germs but other nasty airborne allergens like dust and mould.
Sometimes when we are sick, we feel uncomfortable and the symptoms get in the way, from work or family commitments, but this is the bodies way to defend itself. If we mask the symptoms, we suppress the defence. Try to avoid taking cold and flu tablets and drugs which suppress the body’s ability to produce mucus, it’s the bodies way of healing. Support your immune system, naturally, it may be uncomfortable, but your body will thank you for it.
The Up Tribe