With all the fear and crazy toilet paper buying that’s happening right now… I thought I should give you some helpful suggestions on how to build your immune system and stay healthy is flu season.
One of the most important things you can do is, “Don’t Panic“. I’m not saying you shouldn’t prepare. You may want to buy some extra veggies and stock your freezer… that’s totally up to you.
But I am saying… there are some commonsense things you can do.
#1. Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Try singing happy birthday TWICE. That’ll give you 20 seconds.
#2. Don’t touch your face! Your mouth, nose, and eyes, are open gateways into your body.
#3. Eat whole foods!
#4. Meditate. Stress weakens the immune system.
Okay, so about #3… What should you eat?
Here’s a list of foods that are important to include in your diet anytime you want to build your immune system. That means it’s a good list for right now, but also it’s a good list to follow every flu season. Copy and print it off. Put it someplace safe that you’ll remember turning cold seasons.
Build Your Immune System With Foods
Garlic – you can add it to almost everything, (I even had garlic ice cream once.) It’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and immune-boosting.
Ginger – Makes a great tea. And it can be added to many recipes. It’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and immune-boosting.
Citrus fruits – Great source of vitamin C.
Red and yellow peppers, Thyme, Parsley, Kale, Kiwis, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Lychees, Papayas, Strawberries, are all foods high in vitamin C.
Fermented foods – Most of our immune system lives in our guts. And by adding fermented foods, you add probiotics and balance the gut bacteria. Foods like; sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, tempeh, pickles, miso, kimchi, and sourdough are all in the fermented category.
Turmeric – Antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin A – especially if you are feeling like you’re coming down with something. It improves your immune system.
Vitamin D – It fights disease and works with vitamin A.
Liver – eat it twice a week OR eat Cod Liver Oil.
Zinc – for building the immune system.
Propolis – A great natural throat spray. Antimicrobial and Antiviral
Honey – Antimicrobial and Antiviral
Okay, print that out and save it. But more importantly, follow it. Add everything in the list that you can. It may be the difference between getting sick and staying well this season and every future flu season to come.
I hope that helps!