Virus-Shielding Tips to Stay Trim & Happy This Flu Season

By Elise Phillips Margulis | 30 November 2020 682 views
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Discover how to boost your immune system this flu season…

Virus-Shielding Tips to Stay Trim & Happy This Flu Season

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Immunity is always important, but this winter your immune system is doing double duty..

Let’s explore some immune boosting tips that should keep you healthy.

Keeping your immune system strong is really just following the usual healthy habits that you hear and read about all the time.

Committing to the rules below is how you boost your immune system.

Get More Sleep

Getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night is challenging. You have lots to do, but you have to prioritize YOU! Your health depends on the time your body spends recharging and repairing itself. 

Try to go to bed at the same time each night. The last hour of your day should be quiet time without computer screens, television, heavy meals or exercise. Don’t consume alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine (the latter two are stimulants) at night.

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Get your beauty sleep because slumber heals and repairs your heart and blood vessels. Sleep deficiency can cause heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and diabetes. Not sleeping also can lead to obesity. 

Eat More Plants

Vegetarians and vegans are onto something. Fruits and vegetables are exploding with nutrients. Eat as many as you can each day and they will help protect you. Add a fruit or vegetable to each meal or have them as snacks.

Some of the best stress fighting produce includes kiwis, citrus (oranges, grapefruit, clementines, tangerines, limes, and lemons), papaya, spinach, broccoli, and peppers.

Plus, when you fill up on healthy veggies and fruit, you won’t be snacking on fattening and unhealthy things.

Virus-Shielding Tips to Stay Trim & Happy This Flu Season

Eat Prebiotic Foods

Prebiotic foods are the fiber from plants that increase good bacteria in your gut and build immunity. Prebiotic foods include garlic, onions, asparagus, tomatoes, radishes, leeks, and Jerusalem artichokes. 

The dense parts like broccoli stalks and asparagus bottoms are especially nutritious, so don’t forget to eat every bit of your veggies.

Probiotics

A healthy gut protects you from bacterial and viral infections. Add sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, miso, or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (in a beverage or use as salad dressing) to your diet a few days a week.

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Manage Stress

This one’s not always easy, but do whatever you can to make your days less stressful. Anti-stress tools like exercising, journaling, doing yoga, and meditating can help you to relax.

Other stress relievers: adopt a pet, laugh, talk to or see a friend, rest when possible, and sex.

Virus-Shielding Tips to Stay Trim & Happy This Flu Season

Be Mindful of the Supplements You Take

There are many herb and vitamin supplements being touted as immune boosters.

Nutritionists and doctors recommend obtaining nutrients directly from food, the natural source. A great deal of planning and dedication are needed to eat properly on a daily basis. You have to load up on fruits, veggies, good fats (nuts and olive oil), whole grains, legumes and lean proteins. 

You may benefit from a quality daily vitamin if you aren’t able to consume enough of all the food groups each day. Choose a good vitamin recommended by a pharmacist or health store.

Micronutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc are important for immunity. Some studies indicate that vitamin D, elderberry, Echinacea, and garlic supplements are also immunity builders.

Too much of a good thing can be harmful, so be careful not too exceed the recommended daily allowance of vitamins.

Supplements can be mislabeled because they aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Association. Look for supplements that are independently tested by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), NSF International, and ConsumerLab when you’re shopping for effective supplements.

Drink More Water

Keep chugging the H2O! Carry it around with you wherever you go because daily health, and especially immunity health, require being well hydrated.

You might not even feel thirsty, but your body needs water. When your urine is a pale yellow, you’ll have achieved optimal hydration.

Not only does water flush toxins out, but it makes your lungs moist and keeps the mucus moving. Without water, material collects and provides the perfect setting for infections to grow.

Bonus points: Water fills you up so you might lose some weight because you won’t be hungry.

Virus-Shielding Tips to Stay Trim & Happy This Flu Season

Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods

It’s hard for me to admit this, but sugar is the anti-nutrient. We love it, but it really needs to be enjoyed in very limited amounts. 

Excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease—all of which weaken your immune system.

A few squares of dark chocolate are allowed, and the natural sugar in fruits is fine. 

The dangerous thing about sugar is that you might not realize that it’s in so many foods that really don’t need sweetening or could be sweetened with dates, coconut sugar, or another healthy sugar substitute.

Check the label when you buy oatmeal, dried fruit, bread, juices, granola, cereal, smoothies, yogurt, salad dressing, and ketchup. You can limit your sugar and even drop a few pounds when you’re not consuming pounds of gratuitous, hidden sugar.

Processed foods are bad for your immune system because they are chock full of chemicals and allergens, and offer no immunity-building nutrients. Eat whole and natural foods as much as possible.

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Exercise

There are two types of people in this world. Devout exercisers and people who don’t have the time and/or motivation to work out. 

You’re busy and you’re tired, but if you can just walk or hop on an exercise bike for 15 or 20 minutes a day, you’ll really benefit from it.

Give your metabolism a kick start and release those endorphins. It’s very satisfying to squeeze in a workout and know that you’ve done something great for your body. Exercise even gives you the right to eat a little extra! That’s a great motivator and reward!

Exercise increases blood flow, strengthens antibodies, decreases inflammation and stress. All of those benefits help immune cells.

Try the immune boosting tips above, and you’ll feel better and are more likely to stay healthy throughout flu season and in general. Following those important guidelines are how to boost your immune system.

Virus-Shielding Tips to Stay Trim & Happy This Flu Season

Take a Probiotic

A recent study in China found that taking 3 particular strains of probiotics lessened the onset and severity of respiratory virus symptoms considerably.

These tests were done on “high-risk” individuals who typically got sick quite often during flu season…

And yet when taking these 3 specific probiotic strains… they rarely got sick… and when they did, the symptoms were much less severe.

Especially right now… I’m not entirely sure why this research isn’t reaching the mainstream…

(Well… other than the millions [or billions] of dollars big pharma companies stand to lose on their expensive “drug cocktails” and “therapies”)…

And as an added bonus… these 3 probiotic strains also help you lose weight and slim down!

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