The season is changing again and with it come sniffles, colds, and even influenza. However, there are things we can do to fight viral threats that this time of year brings along with it.
An important thing to remember is that keeping a healthy immune system is the best defense we could have against colds and flu. By doing so, we become less susceptible to influenza and other viral respiratory infections.
I read an article recently about how we can strengthen our immune system this season. I’d like to share the things I’ve learned from reading it.
• Optimize your vitamin D levels
According to the article,”optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take… have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng/ml year-round.”
• Avoid Sugar, Fructose and Processed Foods.
“Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.”
• Get Enough Rest
“Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu.”
• Have Effective Tools to Address Stress
“We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.”
“When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow through out your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.”
• Take a Good Source of High Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats
“Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response.
• Wash Your Hands
“Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Remember that antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary and cause more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.”
• Use Natural Antibiotics
“Examples include oil of oregano and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.”
• Avoid Hospitals
“…Hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to any new bug. Also keep in mind that virtually all vaccinations have the potential to reduce the effective functioning of your immune system, NOT make it stronger
I hope you learned a lot from the article as much as I did. Remember to keep safe this season and may God bless you always!
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