No one wants to get a cold or the flu this winter. As the season comes upon us, many people want to prevent these annoying illnesses from taking hold. While there is no magic formula to prevent all illness, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of contracting colds and flu. Here are some tips.
According to some sources, Vitamin D3 is the form best suited to stave off colds and flu. This vitamin does occur naturally in some foods, such as mushrooms, tuna, salmon, eggs, beef, and liver. Fish oils are also high in Vitamin D3, and some food products have it added.
Getting sunlight is also an important and viable way of obtaining Vitamin D3. See if you can soak up a little winter sun here and there, even if it’s just your face that gets the sunlight. It’s interesting to note that people who live in extreme northern climates where there is little to no sunlight during the winter do not tend to be deficient in Vitamin D – this is probably because their diets include a lot of high-fat seafood.
Use lots of garlic in your cooking! Garlic has been shown to boost the immune system, and studies confirm its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Garlic is fairly inexpensive and can be added to a lot of dishes, or made a central part of the meal (as in pasta with garlic sauce). You can also take garlic supplements.
It’s an oldie but a goodie – Vitamin C is helpful in preventing colds and flu. While citrus fruits are considered a good source of Vitamin C, fruits are often shipped long distances during the winter and vitamin loss can occur through citrus fruit’s porous skin. Other foods that are usually high in Vitamin C may be short on this vitamin in the winter. For these reasons, you might want to take a daily supplement.
Keep Medications on Hand
It’s generally considered most effective if you start treatment at the first sign of illness, particularly if you choose natural or homeopathic treatments. Stock up on treatments like zinc lozenges, extra Vitamin C, antihistamines, herbs, and other treatments so you can get to them quickly. You may be able to keep the cold or flu from taking hold if you start treatment early.
Get Plenty of Rest
This is probably one of the most important but most overlooked aspects of staying healthy. A worn-out body just doesn’t fight off illness like a well-rested one, experts warn. Try to get at least eight hours of quality sleep every night, preferably turning in before midnight.
Drink Herbal Teas
While many herbal teas can be used to treat colds and flu, they may also prevent them. Herbs like lemon balm taste good and also have anti-viral properties. Some health food retailers sell special blends of herbs that make good-tasting, healthful teas that you can drink regularly to help keep colds and flu away.
Boost Your Immune System
ImmunityPlus is a natural, safe and effective liquid herbal formula that is a blend of African, Asian and other herbs specifically formulated to optimize immune functioning. ImmunityPlus is a potent, complex remedy that contains ingredients to provide a wide range of benefits to those suffering from depressed immune systems or wish to boost their optimal functioning. This includes a liver tonic; immune system strengthening; improved body functioning; detoxification; and enhanced convalescence. ImmunityPlus can be used to tone and strengthen the immune system during and after illness and is a useful overall tonic for the body.
Use a Homeopathic Flu Vaccine
BaniFlu is a safe, non-addictive FDA registered homeopathic formulation of the current year’s flu vaccine, combined with homeopathic ingredients known to support immune functioning. BaniFlu temporarily protects against flu virus and germs without toxic side effects. Taken at the start of winter, or just before international travel, this remedy will protect the body against attacks of the flu strain for the current year. This remedy may also be taken at the start of an acute flu infection to improve recovery time and lessen symptoms, all without side effects.
It helps the body build up a natural defense by providing a sound platform to support wellness and vitality. This remedy is taken internally and works quickly to support the immune system and to assist the body in its task of fighting invading flu germs. Presented in small disolvable tablets, BaniFlu is easy to ingest and hassle-free with no artificial colors or preservatives. Due to its unique homeopathic formulation, this remedy may be safely used by all ages, including small babies and during pregnancy and nursing – providing valuable protection for the whole family!
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