The best guard against colds or the flu is to keep your immune system healthy. Here are some tips to help boost your immune system:
Wash your hands frequently. Use regular soap and water and rub hands vigorously for several seconds. Limit antibacterial gel use for when you don’t have easy access to soap and water.
Eat colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat these foods raw or lightly steamed; don’t overcook or boil them. You don’t want to zap their nutrients. Most colorful foods are high in antioxidants which help fight off colds, flu and other infections.
Take a daily probiotic. Over 80% of the immune system is in our gut. Probiotics keep the gut healthy and happy. Look for one that is: refrigerated, multi-strain and over a billion per capsule.
Drink green tea daily. High in antioxidants and good for natural energy.
Add a packet of Emergen-C powder to your water bottle daily. These packets contain a large dose of vitamin C and come in various flavors.
Make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, even more when you are feeling run down. Your body repairs and recovers while you sleep.
Attempt to keep your stress level down. Take a walk, listen to music or simply breathe deeply for 2 minutes. Stress has a damaging effect on the immune system.
Listen to your body. If you feel “off” or run down, take it easy. It takes extra energy for our bodies to fight off illness and to heal.
Consider herbal or homeopathic remedies. You can find these at Whole Foods, Pharmaca or health food stores. Keep something on hand and at the first sign of imbalance, take a natural “immune boosting” supplement such as “Defense Plus” by NutriBiotic. If you already have a bug, try Oil of Oregano capsules, Umcka or another elderberry based remedy.