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 all the time. I would constantly have inflammation, U.T.I.s and other infections. Every single winter I was sick. And during cold and flu season, I used to visit doctors as if the doctor’s office was a weekly subscription. Doctors pumped me full of antibiotics, and I was swallowing endless vitamins supplements just to keep my body functioning. It was awful.
After a while, antibiotics stopped working, and as a result of taking so much medication, I started to have serious gut and digestion problems. It led to a point where I couldn’t take antibiotics anymore because I felt so sick when I take them.
Luckily, at that point, I started to take my health more seriously. I started changing my lifestyle and switched to a healthy WHOLESOME diet that 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 visiting doctors and going through endless rounds of antibiotics. So here are few of my QUICK TIPS on How To Avoid Winter Colds And Flu naturally:
1. 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 staples in my kitchen, and I use them daily all year round. But during winter I kinda increase my usage. I incorporate these super spices into each of my meal – 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 are delicious and super-spice powered up!
2. 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 inflammation 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 of 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.
3. 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.
If you’re into lattes (like me) – great. How about frothy warming Matcha Green Tea Latte?
4. 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.
5. TAKE YOUR PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT
Taking in fermented foods is the optimal way to sustain your digestive health. But in these modern times, the community of our beneficial bacteria in our gut are under constant attack from the environment. Our poor diet, daily stress, over-medicating… all of these things disrupt the healthy balance of our gut flora. We can combat this by eating probiotics foods, but sometimes that just isn’t enough.
Taking a probiotic supplement as a part of our daily routine is the way to ensure a sufficient amount of good bacteria that will keep our gut and our immune system in good shape.
6. 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.
7. 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 prevent 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.
8. 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. Lack of sleep leads to higher levels of a stress hormone – cortisol, 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 for good mood and health.
These are my recommendation for healthier winter:
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.
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.
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