ALL-NATURAL WAYS to Fight the Flu
Obviously, everyone hates being sick, especially during and after the holidays when we look forward to spending time with our friends and families. Luckily, there are effective ways to prevent and treat the illnesses that commonly occur during the fall and winter months without having to resort to chemicals and medications. Many of these remedies have been used successfully for centuries, and modern scientific studies are now backing up what thousands, if not millions, of people already know—that natural treatments work.
Of course, the information provided below is not a substitute for medical advice and people should always do their own research and consult medical professionals before using any health-related substance, natural or otherwise. Even natural remedies can have potential side effects or interact with medications.
The following suggestions can help boost your immune response and reduce the symptoms and duration of colds, flu, and other common viruses.
Follow a healthy diet:
Avoid sugar and refined and processed foods, and get enough sunlight for immune-boosting Vitamin D (or take a supplement if advised to). Sugar has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase the body’s inflammatory response. Colorful fruits and vegetables and mushrooms like shitake are especially beneficial.
Get enough rest and reduce stress when possible. Increase your exercise, which has been shown to boost the immune system’s response, help with sleep, and act as a natural anti-depressant and anti-anxiety remedy. Meditation has also been shown to increase immune response, reduce inflammation, and reduce stress by decreasing the production of cortisol.
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This herb supports the immune system and fights against the virus that causes colds and bronchitis. Preparations that use both the root and flowers are the most effective.