Autumn has its perks – changing leaves, apple-picking, and cozy sweaters. Unfortunately, the arrival of autumn also means that flu season is approaching. Fortunately, there are many ways to naturally boost your immune system and protect yourself from the flu, colds, and other illnesses.
- Don’t skimp on sleep. Sleep is what your body needs to regenerate and recharge. Chronic lack of sleep ultimately leads to body burnout.
- Stay hydrated. Fuel your cells and promote detoxification by drinking plenty of water each day.
- Avoid processed foods. White sugar in particular is known to impact immune function. Instead, snack on fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible and ensure that you get plenty of protein.
- Eat garlic and onions. These aromatic root vegetables are both high in antibacterial properties. Lime is also a natural antibacterial and helpful when added to salad or squeezed over cooked foods.
- Restore proper pH in your body. Eating alkaline foods such as leafy greens, carrots, and lemon water.
- Destress. Stress, if not dealt with, can really take its toll on your body’s ability to fight illness.
- Limit caffeine. I’m not too crazy about this tip, myself, but the sad truth is that caffeine can have a negative impact on our immune systems.
- Supplement with immune-boosting herbs. Herbs like Echinacea and garlic can help prevent germs and viruses from making you ill. Drinking green tea can help, as well.
- Wash your hands frequently. Lighten the load on your immune system and wash away germs often with warm, soapy water. Take special care to wash up often when you’re out in public and before eating.
- Eat probiotics. Dr. Linda White for Mother Earth News explains, “Beneficial microorganisms colonize our intestinal, lower urinary and upper respiratory tracts. They outcompete bad ‘bugs’ and enhance immune function. You can consume such bacteria in the form of live-cultured products such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi. Probiotic supplements, available at natural food stores, may reduce the risk of antibiotic-induced diarrhea, viral diarrhea, vaginitis and respiratory infections.”
Take these steps to improve your health and have greater immune function this flu season.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!