Getting Through Cold and Flu Season
These days, many people are determined to improve their health by incorporating natural and organic ingredients in to their diet. Their main focus is switching from modern day medicine, to living a more traditional and organic life. These simple healthy habits can help your family survive the fall and winter months as cold and flu season approaches to help keep you from feeling under the weather.
Keep your gut healthy. Seventy percent of our immune system lies in our gut and keeping the digestive system working properly ensures healthy living. It is paramount that your gut flora is in balance so it can fight off infection. Stress, alcohol beverages, foods that contain sugar and that are fried, as well as antibiotics, are some of the things that deplete good bacteria. Increasing foods like grains, yogurt, greens, and fish are some of the foods that help improve good bacteria. Probiotics are great to provide a daily dose of good bacteria as well, especially during stressful times and when taking antibiotics. Digestive enzymes are extremely helpful also since they help to break down food so it can be absorbed better. You can find natural enzymes in fruits such as papaya and pineapple.
Eat your vegetables. A well-nourished immune system is better able to fight off infections. It’s got to be fueled with natural vitamins and antioxidants found in healthy foods. Eat dark-green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits. They’re packed with numerous antioxidants, plus vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene.
Exercise regularly. Every time you walk or run, you’re boosting your body’s immunity, the natural defense against viruses. A daily 30-minute walk or three 10-minute walks is the minimum you need. Doing more provides greater health benefits.
Get plenty of sleep. Most adults need about 7 to 8 hours sleep. Teens need more, about 9 hours daily. Growing kids need from 10 to 12 hours of sleep.
Reduce stress. Some stress is good, but know when to relax. Too much stress impairs the immune system.
Eat fruits. Many amazing fruits have tons of antioxidants that help boost our immune system. Amla, blueberries , blackberries, goji berries, & elderberries are just a few of the delicious fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Keep in mind, everyone’s chemical make-up and health are different, so consult a practitioner who can to help customize a diet that is suitable to meet the individual needs of your lifestyle.