With cold and flu season just around the corner, now is the time to step up your health and wellness game to make sure you or your family are not sidelined with nagging colds, earaches, or flu symptoms? Here are nine easy tips to help you get winterized… and it all starts with digestive health and building up your immune system.
1) Start taking a quality probiotic if you aren’t already.
Probiotics can be a game changer in helping you ward off unwanted illnesses this year. The reason for this? Your body contains ten times more bacteria than cells, and for your sake, most of them have to be friendly. Friendly bacteria not only attack pathogenic bacteria and fungi, but also trigger appropriate white cell reactions to invaders.
It’s estimated that eighty percent of your 100 trillion bacteria are located in the gut, or at least they should be. But drinking chlorinated water, eating food sprayed with pesticides or grown from GMO seed, and taking antibiotics can and will thin down the number of friendly bacteria in your gut. Unless, of course, you’ve been taking a probiotic supplement like Aceva’s Ultrabiotic
Probiotics keep your friendly bacteria population up to speed, assuring your good health all season long. And Pedia-Biotic
does the same thing for your kids. It takes a few weeks to fully replenish friendly bacteria, so getting started now is the best idea. Also, be sure to get plenty of probiotic foods like raw milk, raw cheese, kefir, and fermented foods. If you or your kids have recently taken antibiotics, double up your efforts and their natural reserve is likely depleted.
2) Look to elderberry to shorten symptoms.
Elderberry extracts or syrups have been clinically proven to help us get over colds and flu. Elderberry is a naturally occurring bush, not a drug, so it’s cheaper and without the side effects that have been reported for Tamiflu. You still have time to make your own tincture and save money.
3) Add in the protective supplements.
Echinacea is a great protective supplement because it can help your immune system white blood cell production. Echinacea is usually sold as tinctures or extracts. Vitamin C is also protective and, in large quantities, curative, so eat foods containing high vitamin C such as citrus, melon, and cherries. Zinc is a helpful mineral for protecting against colds and making any cold you do get much less troublesome. Increase zinc levels for the whole family with Zinc Lozenges.
As fall rolls around, ease up on sodas, pastries and such. You’ve probably had enough ice cream during the summer. A few grams of sugar can destroy your white blood cells’ ability to resist infections for several hours.
Eat more Garlic and Onion
Besides being rich in antioxidants and selenium, garlic is antibacterial and antiviral. Both garlic and onions are part of the Allium family, which is rich in sulfur-containing compounds responsible for many of their health-promoting effects.
Moderate exercise, even walking a mile or two at least three times a week, helps your lymph system cleanse impurities to boost your immune system.
This should be an all year practice. Many consider stress or anxiety as the leading cause for decreased immunity. Lighten up. Try meditation or yoga. Laugh more. Be less critical. Worry less.
Sleep more and better. Make sure where you sleep is totally dark so your melatonin production will be sufficient. Take melatonin supplements if you feel the need. The different phases of sleep contain two cycles that are deep enough to refurbish your immune system. You need to sleep through them every night.
If you live in a year-round warm sunny area, you’ll need to make sure you get plenty of sun on exposed skin. If your regional climate restricts sun exposure, make sure you get plenty of it in the summer. Your body can store Vitamin D. If you feel you need a supplement, get Active-D (Vitamin D liquid drops).