3 Natural Ways To Never To Get The Flu Again
Despite incessant advertising for flu shots, which tell you otherwise, you don't have to be a candidate for the flu every year. The health of your immune system is in your control and you can do something about boosting it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the 2018 flu season is highly active, and with people traveling more than ever the flu epidemic is likely to hit its peak. The CDC is asserting that this year’s incidences of the flu are at an all-time high and the numbers are growing. Should you run to your nearest pharmacy to line up for a flu shot? Not if you’re doing the necessary work to boost your immune system naturally.
You Can Protect Yourself
We are all susceptible to the flu no matter the season. In fact, the flu no longer has a season and has become a year-round event. The reason the flu is rampant right now is that our collective health is compromised. This in part is due to poor dietary choices, deficiencies and lifestyle choices.
Generally, what stops you from getting the flu is the strength of your immune system. Your immune system is your only defense against the outside world. Put simply, when your immune system is compromised, you can become susceptible to illness. Therefore it is important to become more aware of your immune system health as it pertains to your overall health. To get your immune system revved up and working for you, you will need to give it something to work with, not against.
Every day your immune system works against your environment, the foods you eat, your levels of stress, the amount of sleep you get each night and more. Here are three simple but potent immune-boosting strategies to use daily that will prevent you from ever getting the flu again.
Take Zinc Daily
When it comes to loading up on zinc you may have a lot of catching up to do. This is because we are all deficient in the mineral. The flu is rampant in epidemic proportions partly because of a collective deficiency in zinc. This deficiency is thanks to many of our foods not containing the mineral and is likely caused by questionable agricultural practices that rob zinc from our soil. This is an urgent issue since zinc is essential to keeping the immune system strong. It barricades you against strep, colds and the flu virus. While there are plant-based foods you can eat that are zinc-rich such as cherries, pumpkin seeds and spinach, supplementing with a quality ionic zinc concentrate daily may be necessary and can become the difference between getting the flu and not getting it. Child-friendly ionic zinc concentrate tinctures are also available wherever high-quality supplements are sold.
Get Adequate Amounts Of the Right Vitamin C
Certainly, you’ve heard time and time again about the protective benefits of vitamin C and with good reason – your body uses it to protect you from disease. Vitamin C helps your immune system to build a protective armor against the colds, the flu, and even cancer. Nearly every pathogen hates vitamin C, which is why vitamin C is a powerful ally to your health. Adding more foods to your diet that are high in vitamin C is a good start, as well as supplementing with a quality liposomal or Ester-C, which can help you to secure your immune system health against colds and flu.
Ginger Fights More Than The Flu
When it comes to immune system camaraderie, ginger shines. It is a little-known fact that ginger is one of the most protective medicinal herbs against illness, particularly colds and flu, especially when taken daily. Taking fresh ginger daily as a juice or as tea is the absolute best way to receive its potent health benefit. Freshly grated ginger steeped in boiling water for 15-20 minutes will give you a pungent but therapeutic immune boosting drink, abundant in compounds known as gingerols -- the oily resin from the root acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. For children, you may want to add some raw organic honey to your ginger water, which is medicinal and protective in its own right.
“But, I’m Eating Clean.”
It is not enough to be eating “clean”, then wonder why you’ve gotten the flu. What exactly does eating clean mean? Does it mean eating a high protein and high-fat diet? Does it mean eating a vegan or vegetarian diet? Does it mean eating a whole food plant-based diet? What does it mean? Even the so-called cleanest diets have deficiencies.
That being said, supplementing with zinc ginger and vitamin C is no substitute for better eating. Supplements are meant to enhance a diet, not replace it. Therefore, it should go without saying that diet does play a major role in whether or not you will get the flu, so it’s important to remain mindful of your daily habits. Not only in terms of deficiency but when it comes to physiological stress. Overeating, or eating foods that are high in fat and take longer to digest, such as animal products, overwork the organs and stress the digestive system. This form of physiological stress can also wear down the immune system over time.
Refined Sugar Is Another Big Reason For The Flu
Refined sugar is not your friend when it comes susceptibility to illness the flu. In fact, it is an open invitation to illness. An undisputed 1973 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has shown that refined sugar suppresses immune system function. This likely explains the spike in flu-related illness during the holiday months from Halloween through to New Years Day. Cutting back on refined sugar and eating more fresh, whole and preferably plant-based foods that contain the right kind of natural sugar from fruits and vegetables will help to support and improve both your digestive and immune system strength.
Protect Your Immune System Health
While there are many other issues that factor into maintaining a strong immune system, such getting adequate sleep, managing stress levels and not running yourself down, replenishing your stores of immune-boosting zinc, getting enough vitamin C, and guarding your health with the potent healing effects ginger each day can give you with a strong base against illness. Employ these simple measures daily to protect and restore your immune system health all year long against colds and flu.
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