Tips for Staying Healthy in the Cold and Flu Season
- Vitamin D
- Immune Modulator
- Multivitamin and eat green vegetables
- Have an acute infection remedy on hand
Cold and flu season can last from November to April, supporting your immune system with a few mindful rituals is a powerful defense to stay healthy. Colds and flu are the result of a viral assault on an impaired immune system, not every exposure results in illness. This is good news as while we can try to decrease our exposure, inevitably we are relying on an optimally functioning immune system. There are lots of ways we can support our immunity.
Take a Probiotic daily as a healthy gut flora has been found to boost the immune system. It’s the first line of defense between you and the outside world and many antimicrobial substances are produced by a healthy gut. You can also add in probiotic rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, aged cheeses, sauerkraut and miso for some extra support.
Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections. In the winter when obtaining our vitamin D from sun exposure is not always an option, supplementing with Vitamin D can help you lower your risk.
Immune modulators keep your immunity operating in the zone for optimal defense. Both under or over active immune states can compromise our immunity. Modulators will balance the immune system, so it is strong and efficient and is an effective prevention strategy. Astragulus, codonopsis, medicinal mushroom blends, and products specially formulated for prevention. Immune 7, Stamets 7, Ki defense, St Francis Deep Immune, NF Anti-Viral, Olive leaf extract
Feeling overwhelmed or stressed, you can be sure this is impacting your immunity. Adaptogens like ashwaganda and cordyceps or an adrenal or stress formula can help.
Take a multivitamin. Repeated studies have shown a decrease in the immune response when even a single nutrient is deficient. The key micronutrients are zinc, selenium, iron, copper, vitamins A, C, E and B6 and Folate. Eat healthy with a focus on lots of vegetables and fruits packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Add a teaspoon of your favorite greens powder to your smoothie, a handful of greens (chard, collard, any salad mix) to your soups, stirfrys and stews.
Have an acute infection remedy readily available for if you get sick, as the sooner you stop the spread of the virus in your body, the less the severity and duration of the illness. Natural Factors Anti-Viral, Ki Cold and Flu, Botanica Immune Strength Compound, Oscillococcinum homeopathic, Purica Prevail or Elderberry syrup.
At the first sign of something going on, you know, that tickle in the back of your throat, persistent head or body ache, and fatigue. You can take an antimicrobial (Oil of oregano, throat spray) to prevent the virus from taking hold or go right to your acute remedy.
Drink lots of fluids. The key here is these need to contain minimal sugars to be immune boosting. Try chicken broth, kombucha, flavored water and herbal teas. Up your game with herbal teas that contain echinacea, medicinal mushrooms, or elderberry.
Get plenty of sleep. This is when you really need that 8 hours and getting to bed earlier is key. Magnesium can help you sleep deeper and if you need extra support you can try a sleep formula. Tranquil sleep, Sleep 8
Walk and move your body. Try yoga and get outdoors in the fresh air daily.
Wash your hands regularly. Natural soap and water is all you need; the act of scrubbing will physically remove the germs.
Spray and wipe key surfaces that viruses can survive on for up to 8 hours. The things you and others touch every day like countertops, door handles, computer keyboards, bathroom surfaces and phones. Natural antimicrobial sprays made from essential oils are effective and have no toxic effects on the body.