Whether we are prepared to fight the flu or not, itís here. Do yourself a favor and boost your immune system any way that you can. Here are some natural ideas to do just that.
You are what you eat or so they say. When it comes to boosting your immune system, this just might be the truth. There are foods that help stimulate the immune system because they contain vitamins and minerals that fight infections in the body.
These foods include minerals such as folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and the B vitamins. You can find these in orange juice, citrus fruits, bananas, leafy greens and other vegetables. Pepper your diet with them for a delicious boost for your body.
Antioxidants also boost immunity. They are substances in the body that fight aging. Free radicals bombard healthy cells on a daily basis, causing us to not only age ungracefully but diseases like cancer. Foods that contain antioxidants include: blueberries, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, and gourds (pumpkins and squash). They contain lycopene, beta carotene, vitamin B and flavonoids.
Try yoga. The body's immune system breaks down under stress. Literally, too much stress can leave you vulnerable to colds and the flu. Reduce your stress level with meditative techniques. Yoga stresses the mind/body connection and helps you to control your body instead of your situations doing it for you.
Get to know your herbs. Natural herbs have been used for centuries to fight not only illness like the flu but digestive ailments, mental issues and sexual health. Herbs can also be taken either in supplements, tea form or tinctures to help you keep the flu bug away.
Try Echinacea. It has been known for boosting immunity to fight colds and the flu. It can be taken before or during the flu. If taken during, symptoms may be reduced in severity and duration.
Goji berries are one of the superfoods on the market along with acai berries and mangosteen. They are powerful antioxidants that work to boost the immune system and prevent aging. Goji berries are found as ingredients in health food juices either alone or with other superfoods.
Ginseng is known to increase energy. Did you know that it is also effective in reducing stress? When stress is reduced, the immune system can return to its normal state and protect the body from bugs like the flu.
Add some garlic to your meal. It seasons food and boosts the immune system. Garlic has been used fresh to fight many infections in the body. Eating fresh garlic or steeping it into a tea can break up chest congestion, help with bronchitis and other respiratory issues.
So, which will you choose? The one thing these immune boosters have in common is helping you fight back against the flu. Try one or try them all to stay healthy this flu season.
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