Tips to boost your immune system for cold or flu
As the seasons begin to change from summer to fall, I often start to feel a little under the weather. It is a time when I am susceptible to catching a cold or getting a touch of the flu. Does this happen to you? If it does you are not alone. I always want to support my body's ability to heal so I start with immune boosting behaviors to get healthy fast. Whenever I use naturopathic or natural treatments I always remember that it takes time for them to stimulate my body back to healing so I can’t expect instantaneous results. I give myself at least three or four days of these behaviors in combination with any herbs or medications I am taking.
When I first notice that my throat is a little scratchy or sinus problems forming, I start with my immune boosting routine. I thought I would share some of those tips with you.
- Drink plenty of water. Water is an important detoxifier. It helps get rid of waste in our bodies including waste from our immune system by killing off bacteria and viruses. It also thins and reduces mucus build up.
- Focus on eating proteins and vegetables only. Proteins like fish, poultry, red meat, white meats, beans, nuts and seeds boost the immune system. Vegetables do the same thing. So the myth about chicken soup being good for a cold is actually true, especially if the soup was cooked with the chicken bones in the soup.
- Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, desserts, sweets, breads, pasta and other grains because they break down into sugars quickly and suppress the immune system. When you are not feeling well you definitely want your immune system working well.
- Avoid all milk and dairy products because they create mucus in the body including the nose, sinuses and lungs.
- Get plenty of rest, take naps and go to bed early. When you sleep your body is repairing any of your cells that have been damaged from your cold and flu. It also helps replenish your energy and speeds your healing process.
- Take hot Epsom salt baths. Stay in the hot water as long as you can. The heat from the water stimulates the white blood cells of the immune system. This is a great practice daily while you are getting better.
- Avoid stressful situations both emotional and physical including strenuous physical workouts. Stress suppresses the immune system so any type of stress will cause you to be sick longer.
Ask for help if you need it. When you are not feeling well you have to acknowledge you are not at your best so you may need help until you are feeling better. Boosting your immune system allows you to stay healthy and feel good all fall long.
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Feel Better and Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Daemon Jones