6 Natural Remedies to fight the flu season

Woman Suffering From Cold Lying In Bed With Tissue

Flu season is upon us are you ready to fight it? Honestly, I do not get or promote the flu vaccine. There has not been enough evidence to prove the effectiveness of the vaccine.  I truly believe that the state of your immune system will be the real determining factor of whether you get sick or not. Here are my top 6 tips to help boost your immune system this flu season.

  1. Hydration, hydration, hydration
  2. Foods to avoid and Foods to eat
    • Avoiding sugar, grains and processed foods
    • Eat fermented foods, raw garlic, raw honey
    • Take probiotics, animal based Omega 3 and Vitamin D3
    • Drink Ginger, raw honey and lemon
  3. Decrease stress and increase rest
  4. Exercise
  5. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face
  6. Humidify with essential oils
    • Oregano, Garlic, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

 

HYDRATION, HYDRATION, HYDRATION

Did you know that most of us are chronically dehydrated? Since we usually sleep about 6-8 hours, rehydrate immediately upon waking.  Start your day off by drinking 24-32 oz of water with a dash of himalayan salt. This will improve cellular function, help prep your gut for digestion and increase your energy. If you do come down with the flu and are suffering with vomiting or diarrhea it is super important to make sure that you are intaking more water, even if that means you have to slowly sip it.

FOODS TO AVOID AND FOODS TO EAT

Avoid eating sugar, grains and processed foods. These types of foods create a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria, yeast and fungi in your gut. 80% of our immune system starts in the gut. An unhealthy gut means an unhealthy you!

Instead of enjoying all the delicious unhealthy treats, aim to add some fermented foods to your meals. Such as, tempeh, natto, miso, sauerkraut, raw yogurt, kefir, kimchi and you can also drink kombucha. In addition to fermented foods, eating raw crushed or chopped garlic has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties.  Taking probiotics, animal based omega 3 and vitamin D3 supplements have all proven to boost your immune system and help prevent the onset of the flu.

If you’re already feeling sick, drink hot tea with grated ginger, raw honey and lemon to help soothe your throat and speed up your recovery.

DECREASE STRESS AND INCREASE REST

Stress can play a HUGE roll in your health. Chronic stress can turn on and off expressions of your genes that are necessary to help you fight the flu. Find a way to decrease your stress this holiday season. Learn and implement breathing techniques, go for a walk, exercise, meditate, find a healthy way to alleviate your stress.

It is so important to make sure that you are getting good quality and consistent sleep. Sleep is the time that the body recovers. If you are pushing your body to the max and not allowing it time to recharge your immune system becomes weaker and less able to fight of the flu. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. Get into a good routine!

EXERCISE

Exercise can improve circulation of immune cells in the blood. Therefore you’ll be better at defending yourself against viruses and other pathogens. If you already have the flu then it’s important to take it easy and get some rest instead.

WASH YOUR HANDS AND DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE

Do you remember your Mom always telling you to wash your hands? Well she was right. Wash your hands often and don’t use antibacterial soap, which are full of chemicals. Use a good non-toxic hand soap. In between hand washing remember to not touch your eyes and nose, where it’s easy for pathogens to enter your system.

HUMIDIFY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Germs are known to survive better in dry air conditions, so humidify your home. You can also add in some drops of therapeutic grade essential oils. I LOVE essential oils, either through a diffuser/humidifier or directly on the skin. There are a few great oils to help prevent and battle the flu are oregano, garlic, peppermint, eucalyptus or many essential oil companies have their own special immune booster blend.

 

 

 

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