Yep, it's that time of the year again; cold weather, spending time indoors and lots of people falling ill, and there's no where to go! Sure, the flu shot may help, but it is not the only answer. There are still many other germs out there and for those who do not want to take the vaccine, another defence is required. Fortunately there are some natural solutions for us to take advantage of without using medications. Check out our list of natural remedies to keep yourself healthy this winter!
Do not laugh at the difficulty level, but try to avoid stress as much as possible. Stress can significantly weaken your immune response and health.
Exercise is one of the most obvious immune system boosters. Everything in moderation though, if you are sick too much exercise may wear the body down and do just the opposite for you.
Get lots of sleep, more than eight hours if possible. Your body needs time to recuperate, because it's hard work waging war all day long against foreign invaders!
FRUITS & VEGGIES
Avoid sugar (for many other reasons), but when it comes to your immune system, sugar prevents white blood cells from performing at the optimum.
Eliminate unhealthy fats. Especially the polyunsaturated kinds which are found in vegetable oils such as corn, safflower and sunflower oil can negatively affect your immune system.
Eat red, yellow, orange and dark-green leafy vegetables. These contain lots of carotenes, which strengthen white blood cell production.Yogurt is the great equaliser. It helps digestion, the body produce antibodies and strengthen white blood cells.
Boost production and potency for your white blood cells! A cup of kale will give you your daily requirement of vitamin A.
Eat more garlic, not just for all of the vampires from Hollywood! Those who eat more garlic have more natural killer white blood cells. Garlic is a superfood and will create a super-you this cold season.
Staying healthy can taste sweet as well, but only if you use honey! Honey is amazing and it can definitely help your immune system out!
Get a little fungi in your life, because mushrooms can improve immune system strength to a great degree.
Drink plenty of water to boost the immune system. Water also flushes out toxins!
HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS
Supplements can be a great auxiliary to any diet, but they can make quite a difference for your immune system!
Try out oleander extract. One herbal oleander based supplement was 100% effective in a clinical trial of raising white blood cell counts.
Another great option is astragalus root which enhances the production of interferon to fight against viruses.
Give ginseng a go, it can provide support for the immune system.
Echinacea helps stimulate the immune system in a variety of ways, including increased white blood cell production.
Green tea also stimulates production of white blood cells.
A couple of other herbs to try are thyme and lavender. A combo that proves antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties!