As cold and flu season comes around, I always change a couple of things for me and my family. The first thing is to take a look at our diet, second thing is to make sure we are being active, and thirdly is if we are getting enough time in the sun.
Getting Ready For Cold and Flu Season: A Natural Way
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Vitamin Rich Whole Food
Most all of our vitamins and minerals should ideally be from our food. We all end up eating some processed food here and there but adding vitamin-rich whole foods give our bodies the vitamins we need. Supplements are just that… supplements. Many times, we need to supplement due to our lack of quality food choices. If you find that you keep needing to add more and more vitamins to your collection, maybe take a moment to think about what you eat that could be replaced with immune-boosting foods. Consistent healthy food and drink choices are the foundation of helping to fight off a cold or flu.
If you find that your immune system is a little low, the below suggestions are some of my favorite ways to give yourself a boost.
Some more fun in the sun is my favorite way in which to get some more Vitamin D. The majority of the population in the U.S is believed to be vitamin D deficient. Why is this? Well, a couple of answers would be the fact that most people stay inside the majority of the day without stepping outside, due to work, school, exercising inside, or just staying at home. With this, comes a way to decrease our body’s immune system. There are Vitamin D supplements that work great for when the sun gets a little scarce with cloud cover and shorter days or for days when you can’t make it outside as much.
Black Elderberry has many antioxidants and immune-boosting flavonoids. It has been used for hundreds of years. Elderberry is a great immune-boosting plant, in which the whole plant has been used for natural medicine.
If you don’t plan on planting your own elderberries and making your own elderberry syrup, tea, gummies, tea, ect… Sambucol has a great variety of supplements that will give you a delicious way of taking elderberries. I’ve tried their Black Elderberry Gummies, Sambucol Original Syrup, Sambucol Immune Powder Drink with Vitamin C. Sambucol makes their products taste great with a sweet and sour taste of the elderberries. My favorite is their gummies, they are easy to take, vegan, and only 1 gram of sugar per gummy.
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that is found in our gut. They play an important part in our immune support and digestive health. Good food sources include yogurt with probiotics, fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut, and kombucha.
Probiotics have helped so much for me. Whenever I have had my immune system down, probiotics are always my first got to.
Vitamin C has been a staple for a lot of people in helping with immune support. Vitamin C can also help you better absorb calcium and iron.
Many fruits and vegetables are full of Vitamin C including kiwi, bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, and many others.
Get Some Stress Free Time
Find a little time in your day for you. Stress decreases your immune system and makes it harder to sleep. Find a hobby, exercise, meditate, take a bubble bath, read a book…ect. Find something to do everyday to help relieve any stress you hold. It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time, just something for you to focus on you and to relieve any stress that is built up everyday. Find what works for you. Don’t believe it has to be a specific thing. Listen to your body and see what feels right
Get Enough Sleep
An easier thing said than done. Getting enough sleep can be difficult if you have a full plate and/or have trouble sleeping. With continued lack of sleep, your immune system can take a nose dive and increases stress.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links. I am not a doctor, so please refer to your medical professional before following the advice above. For more information please refer to our Disclosure Policy
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