Natural Flu Prevention Methods
Written by Faith Anderson on January 9, 2013
- Wash your hands. This may seem like obvious advice, but you’d be surprised how many people still don’t do it regularly. Not only should you take the time to wash your hands after using the bathroom, but also after using public transportation, shaking someone’s hand, going to the gym, attending a party and after any other situation in which you think you may have picked up germs.
- Take a vitamin D supplement. You can have your vitamin D levels checked by undergoing a simple blood test at the doctor’s office. If they are low, you may consider taking a vitamin D supplement, not only to prevent the flu, but to ward off a host of other medical conditions, like cardiovascular disease and cancer, which have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.
- Exercise. Not only will exercise make you feel good, but it can also boost your immune system. In addition, exercise reduces stress, enhances circulation and offers another mode of eliminating toxins – through perspiration.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important year-round, but it a particularly good idea in the winter. Since you’re typically not sweating as much in the winter, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. However, drinking six to eight glasses of water a day can have immune-boosting effects, helping you to fight of illnesses throughout the year.
- Try using elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup is packed with Vitamins A, B and C, and it also helps stimulate the immune system and has been shown to prevent colds and the flu.
- Consume more probiotics. Probiotics, or “good bacteria” have been shown to help ward of colds and the flu, and can help restore balance to the bacteria we need in our bodies that are sometimes destroyed by antibiotics. You can find probiotics in pill form or in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut and miso.
- Add more organic plants to your diet. Increase the amount of organic fruits and vegetables that you eat, especially bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, kale and papaya, which are all high in vitamin C.
Stay Healthy During Flu Season
It’s no fun getting the flu, and those of us who haven’t exhibited any symptoms yet probably feel like we’ve dodged a bullet. While some people choose to get a flu shot every year, the vaccine is highly disputed in the United States, especially among those who don’t consider it an effective preventative measure. There are natural ways you can reduce your risk of getting the flu, however, while also boosting your immune system, keeping your body healthy and enjoying a good diet. Try one or more of these natural alternatives to prevent the spread of flu germs or the next time you feel like you’re coming down with something, and see what good they can do for your body.