The flu has forced many states and municipalities all over the country to declare a state of emergency. Emergency walk-in clinics are full of people seeking flu relief and many are wearing masks and gloves when out in public to avoid getting the flu. Most doctor’s offices as well as pharmacies offer the flu vaccine. But other than getting an injection, what are some things we can do naturally to boost our immune systems and hopefully avoid the flu this season?
The best place to start is with Vitamin D. Recent studies have indicated that many Americans are deficient in this super vitamin that is responsible for helping to keep our immune systems functioning effectively. During the winter months, we aren’t getting outside as much as we do in warmer months, so our bodies are not getting the Vitamin D they need. Another thing to do is to buy a high quality air filter or purifier for your home. These are highly effective at killing germs and spores that could be lurking in your home. Get moving – moderate exercise has been shown to boost the immune system and keep us healthy. Be careful not to overdo it though, too much or too rigorous exercise can exhaust the immune system.
Spices like turmeric, ginger, cilantro, rosemary and thyme also have immune-boosting benefits. You can add these spices to your health regimen by cooking meals that rely heavily on these spices. Minerals like zinc and selenium are also important in keeping our immune system running effectively. Make sure your multi-vitamin includes these important nutrients.
Wash your hands often in warm soapy water. Not just after you use the restroom and before you eat, but also after you use public door handles, after you return from shopping, riding public transportation, etc. Make sure family members are washing their hands often as well.
Be sure you are getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. It is important to stay on a routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. It will allow your body to fall into a healthy routine and help keep your immune system humming.
Give stress a rest – try to reduce the stress levels in order to maintain optimum health. Incorporate daily meditation and yoga into your routine. Even five minutes a day will help keep stress levels at check and those pesky flu germs at bay.
There are no guarantees that the flu virus will miss you this season – even some of those who received the flu vaccine have reported getting the flu. However, by taking good care of your body, giving it what it needs and getting plenty of rest – you may be able to keep your immune system healthy enough to fight it off.