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Cold and Flu Seasons: 6 Tips to Avoid Both


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This winter is approaching fast, and with the cold, wet weather comes cold and flu season as well.  Instead of just waiting around hoping you won’t catch anything, why not take a proactive approach?

As they say in football, the best defense is a strong offense. Here are six recommendations to build up your immune system so you can go into winter armed and ready to fight off the bugs!

  1. Drink extra water. Most people forget to hydrate as much in the cooler months since it doesn’t feel as hot. But the truth is, you may need even more water with the dry winter air and heaters turned on. Make sure you are drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of fresh water daily; and even more if you are exercising!
  2. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamins for boosting your immune system and fighting off colds and flu. These days, vitamin C is heralded for its antioxidant status. It destroys harmful free radicals that damage cells and can lead to cancer, heart disease, cataracts, and perhaps even aging. Vitamin C rejuvenates the immune system and aids in the absorption of iron and calcium.
  3. Keep your digestion strong and healthy with probiotics. Probiotics are like the good bugs in your intestines that can also help fight off foreign invaders. Most of your immune system is located in the gut, so it makes sense to keep your gut healthy to maintain immunity!
  4. Chicken broth  or  Bone  broth  soups. It  may  seem  so  cliché,  but  Grandma  was  right  when  she  told  you  to  have  chicken  soup  for  a  Since  chicken  broth  is  derived  from  bones,  it  is  rich  in  several  important  minerals. An  8-ounce  serving  of  chicken  broth  offers  more  than  200  milligrams  of  potassium,  which  is  10  percent  of  your  requirement  for  the  day. Another  high-profile  mineral  in  chicken  broth  is  phosphorous. Phosphorous  aids  in  metabolism,  helps  build  protein  and  healthy  bones  and  teeth.
  5. Eat some  mushrooms. Many  varieties  of  mushrooms  such  as  enoki,  shitake,  and  oyster are  great  immunity  They  are  loaded  with  ergothioneine, which  is  a  powerful  antioxidant  that  does  not  break  down  during  the  cooking  process. If  you  are  already  making  a  soup  or  stew,  throw  some  extra  mushrooms  in  there!
  6. Rest, Don’t  Stress! Holiday  season  can  certainly  be  the  most  stressful  time  of  year;  unfortunately  stress  also  weakens  our  immune  So  if  you  are  starting  to  feel  overwhelmed  (or  even  before  then!)  take  a  moment  to  relax  and  slow  down. Even  a  5-minute  breath  meditation  can  help  recharge  your  energy  and  immune  system!

These  are  just  a  handful  of  ways  to  set  yourself  up  for  success  going  into  cold  and  flu  season. If  you  take  the  extra  steps  every day,  you’ll  be  sure  to  make  it  through  healthy  and  happy!

For  Centers  of  Disease  Control  (CDC)  guidelines  for  flu  vaccinations, click  here.