Stock up on tissues, someone you know is probably sick!
Winter is here and so is the dreaded cold and flu season. We all know that washing our hands and trying to stay away hydrated helps to keep you from getting sick. But what else can we do?
We all have our rituals for getting better once we have been infected. But what are you doing to boost your immune system to fight against the flu before you get it?
What can you do to boose your immune system?
Your immune system isn't just one part of your body, but a complex system that works together to stimulate the immune response to viruses and bacteria. Many things affect the strength of your immune system, like your age, diet, exercise, stress, and medical conditions.
We can't promise you won't get sick. But when you are working to help your body fight viruses and bacteria, you can defeat invading pathogens easier.
Certain foods and Foods and Herbs may boost your immune system.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and stress reliever. It is a powerful tool to bring balance and health to your body.
My Gram always had Echinacea tea in the house. Whenever I was little, and my friends were showing up to school sick, I’d find her brewing tea and making tea popsicles for me with honey. Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells. These blood cells fight off colds or infection.
Turmeric has been called one of the most potent anti-inflammatory spices and has been used in traditional South Asian medicine for centuries. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric reduces pain. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and helps the blood flow.
Reishi, Oyster, Enoki, and Shiitake mushrooms all have natural immunity boosters because they contain ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant that doesn’t get destroyed by heat during the cooking process. Widely used in Easter medicine, mushrooms have showed to increase the number of immune cells in the body.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences showed that people who ate shiitake mushrooms every day for four weeks displayed increased immunity and enjoyed better health. You can make tea, soup, or simply grill them up for an afternoon snack with garlic and Olive oil for an immunity booster treat.
Garlic is a powerful natural immune system booster because garlic has natural anti-microbial properties. Additionally, Garlic’s active ingredients: allicin and diallyl sulfides are natural antibiotics and kill harmful bacteria and prevent their growth.
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, the antibiotics in garlic aren’t harmful to the body and bacteria do not appear to develop a resistance to garlic as they do with pharmaceuticals.
Incredibly, Ginger helps warm the body from the inside out and breaks down the accumulation of toxins in your body. Ginger targets the sinuses, lungs and lymphatic system with it’s anti-toxins. Also an anti-inflammatory, Ginger works by promoting healthy sweating that takes the toxins out of the body through the skin. It's like a yummy sauna! Sweat it out!
Other ways to strengthen your immune system:
- Don't smoke
- Get plenty of sleep
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face and mouth.
- Try to reduce stress
Nobody likes being sick, but there are ways to help you feel better when it happens.
We aren't doctors, but I know that when I am sick it is hard to find a way to get comfortable with the aches and pains.
I have a heart condition that prevents me from taking most over the counter medications for the flu. But I am able to take CBD and it does help me to combat the nasty symptoms of the flu.
Even Riley and Wynter have days when they just aren't feeling their best. This is when we up their dose of cbd tinctures, give them a little more protein-heavy food and don't allow them to get overworked up.