Boost Immune Function Naturally
Flu season is here ! Let’s try and get through this winter without contracting the flu and without having to get a flu shot. No one wants to suffer from headaches, chills, cough, fever, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose and sneezing that can last for up to 10 days. Be sure you are ready by implementing these simple suggestions to boost your immune function and prevent infection:
Stay hydrated – Make sure you are consuming 6 to 8 glasses of pure filtered water daily. Use a humidifier in your home or a nasal saline rinse/spray twice daily to moisturize dry nasal passages and reduce your risk of infection.
Just say no to sugar – White sugar immediately reduces your immune function – leaving you more susceptible to cold and flu viral infections!
Feed your immune system – Focus on fruits and vegetables high in beta-carotene (mango, sweet potato, squash) and vitamin C (kiwi fruit, red peppers). The antioxidants in green tea prevent infection with cold and flu viruses. Probiotic cultures in yogurt and raw sauerkraut support your digestion and play an important role in strengthening your immune function.
Stress less – Make time to relax every day (deep breathing, yoga, stretching, reading). Aim for 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night to allow your body time to rest and repair. Make sure your room is completely dark for the most restful sleep.
Wash your hands – Reduce the risk of transmission by washing your hands regularly with warm soapy water.
Try something new – Manuka honey is considered an anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Try taking 1 tsp in the morning with a hot drink. And, Oregano Oil is another powerful option that will kill any virus or bacteria, parasite or fungus that is trying to take hold. Call us for more information. 289-291-0254.
Talk to your Naturopath – In many cases, a homeopathic remedy called Muco coccinum by Unda can be taken to prevent the flu and/or to treat flu symptoms. Ask your Naturopath if this is the right choice for you.
To schedule an appointment with one of our Naturopaths, please call 289-291-0254.