We are in the middle of cold and flu season, but that doesn’t mean you have to get sick! There are simple steps you can take to supercharge your immune system and avoid sickness. I’ve been flu-free for years, so here are few of my QUICK TIPS how to avoid winter colds and flu NATURALLY.
A few years back, when I was still leading a very unhealthy lifestyle, I was sick like all the time. I was constantly having some inflammations, urinary and other infections. And every winter during cold and flu season, I used to visit doctors as if I was subscribed. Every single winter I was sick. Doctor pumped me with antibiotics, plus I used to swallow a lot of vitamins supplements just to keep my body function. It was awful.
After a while antibiotics stopped working and as a result of taking so much medication I started to have these serious gut and digestion problems. It led to a point where I couldn’t take antibiotics anymore. Luckily, at that point, I started to take my health more seriously. I started changing my lifestyle and switched to a healthy WHOLESOME diet which healed my gut, strengthened my immune system and healed my body.
So when it comes to colds and flu, your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy.
We can all agree that it’s so much easier to prevent illness than spend time on visiting doctors and go through endless rounds of antibiotics that often don’t really work anyway. So here are few of my QUICK TIPS How To Avoid Winter Colds And Flu naturally:
USE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SPICES DAILY
The immune system and inflammation go hand in hand, and causing an inflammatory response is one major way the immune system responds to a threat and starts to fight off bacteria or tissue damage. That’s why anti-inflammatory spices like ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, and garlic are stapled in my kitchen, and I use them daily all year round. But during winter I kinda increase the usage. I have these super-spices incorporated into each of my meals – a double dose. I use them in everything from soups to salads, to drinks. These spices are like inexpensive secret weapons that just about everyone can take advantage of. Have Orange Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl for breakfast or Carrot Ginger Soup for dinner. Both delicious and super-spice powered up.
LOAD UP PLATES WITH COLORFUL FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Healthy immune system warriors need good regular nourishment so make sure you load your plates with lots of colorful fruits and veggies. And while all fruit and veggies are healthy, some deserve special mention for their ability to quell with inflammatory in our body. Like citrus fruits. Or dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard. They all contain powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C – all which help protect against colds and flu. Also blueberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. How does Blueberry Chia Smoothie sound? Yummy right! And for an extra immunity punch, you can add anti-inflammatory spices to your fruits and vegetables to increase their antioxidant capacity. Like this cinnamon packed Spicy Broccoli Soup.
DRINK HERBAL TEAS
Herbal teas are a great way to prevent illness. Not only do you get the medicinal benefits, but they are also great for soothing, warming, and relaxing. During cold winter days, I have lots and lots of tea. Nothing warms me better than a cup of tea that’s an honest truth. I love to have a cup of chamomile tea with fresh ginger root and a bit of honey in the evening. Also, green tea, matcha tea, black tea and other beautiful flu-fighting teas are on my menu daily.
EAT FERMENTED FOODS
Optimizing your gut flora is important for a well-functioning immune system which protects our body from colds and flu. In fact, the majority of inflammatory diseases start in your gut, as the result of an imbalanced gut flora. Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, olives, and other fermented vegetables, help with reseeding your gut with good bacteria. Fermented foods can also help your body get rid of harmful toxins
HYDRATE YOUR BODY
Keeping your body well hydrated helps your immune system function efficiently so make sure you drink a lot of fluids. Pure water is the best so keep your water bottle filled up and at hand all the time. If you’re using reusable bottles, just make sure you wash it with hot soapy water every day because reusable bottles can breed bacteria. I really love Ello Glass Water Bottle and if you’re more stainless steel type, than you may want to check these sleek MIRA ones.
GET THE HUMIDIFIER
The humidifier is one amazing device and the best investment if you’re aiming to reduce your sensitivity to infection. It helps with preventing you from getting sick in the first place and relieves cold and flu symptoms if you already caught a virus. It also keeps your face, lips, and hair from completely drying out during the winter. Anjou Humidifier is a great bedroom pick for a number of reasons. It’s quiet, compact, and effective. It’s a combined oil diffuser and humidifier so you can reap the benefits of essential oils for cold and flu prevention as well.
GET ENOUGH OF SLEEP
You may have noticed you’re more likely to catch a cold or other infection when you’re not getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep leads to higher levels of a stress hormone that fires up inflammation in our body. Getting plenty of rest strengthens our immune system and protect us from nasty diseases. Usually, 7 to 9 hours for an adult is enough. I try to sleep at least 8 hours a day. Sleeping is a key to good mood and health.
While adding all these amazing superfoods in your diet, having plenty of sleep, and drinking water, it’s also important to avoid those nasty pro-inflammatory processed foods like refined sugars, trans fats, and unhealthy cooking oils. Replacing processed foods with whole foods will affect not only your immunity system but overall body health.
The key to avoiding getting colds and flu every winter is keeping your body at optimal health all year round. That means having your immunity boosted up all the time. Avoiding getting sick starts with your diet. Food is an incredibly powerful tool.
These are my recommendation for healthier winter:
Have you tried any of these strategies? If so, how have they worked? What are your favorite tips for preventing colds and flus? Let me know in comments below.