Preventing or Treating a Cold by Giving the Immune System a Boost

The flu season is quickly approaching. The good news is that there are many ways that you can help your body out during this season.

  • Sleeping is the best way to heal and repair the body. Many studies have concluded that not enough sleep can compromise the immune system. This can lead to being more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Lack of sleep can also prevent the body from healing quickly.
  • Hydration
    • Lots of water and tea can ease a sore throat or loosen the congestion.
    • Note: It is important to avoid sugary drinks.
    • Matcha is another option and is excellent for the immune system.
      • Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants and EGCGs. It can help your body produce more T-Cells and fight off viruses more efficiently.
      • Matcha also has a naturally high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll detoxifies the body and gets rid of any chemicals, toxins, and heavy metals. This ensures that the immune system can focus on fighting off pathogens instead.
      • Matcha has the ability to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation in the body.
      • A recipe for Matcha Ginger Immunity Tea:
        • 1 Teaspoon Matcha Powder
        • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
        • 1 Tablespoon Honey
        • Hot Water or Nut Milk
        • Optional: ½ Lime
  • Try drinking your nutrients by having something like bone broth.
    • It is easy to digest and the vitamins and minerals in it help boost the immune system.
    • More information about the benefits of bone broth.
  • Vitamins for the Immune System
    • Vitamin C
      • Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system.
    • Vitamin E
      • An antioxidant that aids the body in fighting infection.
    • Vitamin D
      • A deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to the body being more susceptible to infections.
    • Probiotics
      • Probiotics add good bacteria to the gut and this is crucial because gut bacteria helps to regulate the immune system.
    • Turmeric
      • Turmeric enhances antibody responses in the body.
  • Sauna or Steaming or Sinus Rinses
    • These three options can help flush out the sinus cavities from any allergens or bacteria.
  • Invest in a Humidifier
    • Humidifiers take care of dry indoor air and can ease sinus related problems. Moisture in the air makes it easier to breathe when congested.
  • Essential Oils
    • Eucalyptus, peppermint, and spearmint essential oils are the best for congestion-related sinus headaches.
  • Shower Melts” can also help with congestion and are easy to make.

All of these remedies can help take some stress off of the body and help with getting back to optimal health.

Resources:

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https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2018/2/Probiotics-Fight-Dangerous-Winter-Flu/Page-01

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