Winter is officially upon us. The temperature is cooling, leaves are falling, and people everywhere are… sneezing? That’s right– It may be one of the most beautiful times of the year, but with that also comes the threat of the dreaded, less anticipated, cold and flu season. Now, there may be no stopping it when the flu comes knocking on your door, but we can certainly take a few preventative steps to keep her away for as long as possible.
Here is a list of 7 easy and natural ways to boost your immune system and help keep those cold and flu germs away:
Drinking lots of fluid is key to keeping healthy. Every single cell, tissue and organ needs water to survive. Staying hydrated will keep your body running the way it’s supposed to, in turn, keeping your immune system up and running.
Garlic is packed with antioxidants that help boost your immune system. Throwing some chopped or whole garlic cloves into that chicken soup could benefit your body.
Lemon is great for the body for a multitude of reasons. Not only does it aid in digestion and help prevent kidney stones, lemon soothes sore throats, helps balance your body’s pH levels, and is a great source of Vitamin C! Try drinking water with lemon or adding lemon to your tea.
Vitamin C is a natural immune booster. Drinking OJ or taking a Vitamin C supplement this flu season could certainly help.
Washing your hands/Disinfecting
Germs are so easily spread that they are even airborne in some instances. Our hands are the most susceptible to germ transfer; with all the touching of doorknobs, phones, railings, and the like, followed by touching our own belongings (like a cell phone) and then proceeding to put that against our face. Yuck. Keep those hands clean and disinfect areas of public exposure to help increase your odds in the germ catching relay game.
When you feel that dreaded tickle in your throat or that slight dry soreness, it feels like the calm before the storm. Keep your throat moistened by drinking a lot of water and by gargling. Add a little salt to warm water, gargle, spit, and repeat until your throat feels soothed.
We all know that sleep is crucial for our energy levels, and our energy is depleted when the body is using so much of it to aid our immune system. Rest up and give your body that extra energy it needs to fight the immune battle.
These tips are not cures and may not work to prevent the cold and flu for everyone, but they certainly help our body function at its best. I wish you all the best of luck at ducking the cold and flu this season!