The flu has hit particularly hard this season, and it’s more important than ever to take precautions to protect your immune system and body. People with a weak immune system or nutrient deficiencies are more likely to catch a common cold or the flu. On top of that, symptoms may worsen due to stress, lack of sleep and exposure to toxins. Signs and symptoms of the flu may include a fever, cough, runny nose, headaches, fatigue and even vomiting. Unfortunately, many over the counter drugs or prescription medicines may have adverse effects – Motrin and Tylenol specifically do nothing to help the immune system battle the flu.
Aside from staying home and resting up if you’ve been hit by a cold or the flu, try these natural remedies found at most health food stores to help boost your immune system and let your body do its job to fight off the symptoms.
Vitamins C and D – Eating fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C aids immune system function and increases white blood cells. Vitamin D comes from natural exposure to sunlight to regulate immune system expression, and low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infection.
Herbal teas – Herbs and spices like Echinacea, elderberry and tumeric can be made into tea to fight off infections and is best used at the first sign of sickness as it acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce bronchial symptoms of a cold and the flu.
Brewer’s Yeast – Brewer’s yeast contains Vitamin B, chromium and protein, which all play a role in combatting cold, flu and other respiratory tract infections by stimulating intestinal enzymes and improving immune response.
Dried Lemongrass – Steeping loose dried lemongrass in a cup of water has been known to help reduce fever.
Essential Oils – Essential oils like oregano, peppermint, frankincense and clove oils can protect the body against infection and shorten recovery time from the flu.
Ginger, lemon, honey and cinnamon – These foods help prevent mucus buildup and keep you hydrated when added to hot water. Adequate hydration is key to naturally flushing the virus out of your system.
By hydrating well and sticking to natural foods with a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, you can help your immune system do its job and protect your body from colds and the flu. And as always, remember to use only the best, all natural products like Edye’s Naturals.