AVOIDING THE FLU THIS SEASON
WHAT DO I DO TO AVOID CATCHING THE FLU?
This is the question I get asked the most around this time of year. Especially when the Flu Shot is being pushed extensively throughout mainstream media. So I thought I’d share with you what I do for myself and my family, leading up to winter and the dreaded flu season.
So before you go running to the chemist for those cold and flu tablets, cough medicine and vitamin c tablets, check out my “go to” prevention measures below.
1. STAY HYDRATED
We firstly need to make sure we are keeping our fluids up. Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, and helps flush out toxins. Make sure you are consuming the best quality water you can get. The best filter I’ve found is THIS one.
2. GET PLENTY OF QUALITY SLEEP
Sleep is when your body is doing most of its healing and regenerating. Getting a good amount of quality sleep every night (at least 7-8 hours) will help boost your immune system. Think of it as plugging ourselves into a charger every night and waking up with a full battery. HERE is a great article on sleep.
3. DRINK BONE BROTH
While Bone Broth is consumed regularly in our household, we certainly make sure we up our intake during this winter season. We drink at least 2-3 cups a day as well as cooking most of our meals in this nutritious liquid. I prefer to make my own. Recipe HERE, or if you haven’t quite got time then you can buy a dehydrated version. I like THIS brand.
We have a quick Green Shot every morning, through out the year not just in Flu Season, but again we make sure we don’t miss this, during this time of year. Our green shot consists of Green Powder, Camu Camu (Vitamin C), Probiotics and Colloidal Minerals all mixed in water, (find them HERE). If you don’t like the taste you can try adding it to a smoothie or coconut water.
5. MORNING LEMON & GINGER DRINK
First think in the morning we warm ourselves up with a warm lemon and ginger tea to help boost our immune system. We simply juice half a lemon, add some chopped or grated ginger and a little HONEY to taste and pour warm water over the top and drink.
6. INCREASE VEGETABLE INTAKE
Making sure we get as much nutrients into our diet as we can, we make the majority of our meals loaded with vegetables, especially green vegetables. We also make sure we load them up with tones of immune boosting foods like, ginger, garlic, turmeric etc.
7. GET OUTSIDE
Sunshine and Exercise is more important than you think. Making sure you get enough sun on your skin through out the day, as well as spending some time without your sunglasses on. As vitamins and other vital signaling are absorbed best through your eyes. Exercise helps get your lymphatic system pumping, and helps drain out any built up toxins.
8. CLEAN UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Making sure your home is clean and clear of toxins and chemicals. Bringing in fresh air and having some beautiful anti-bacterial essential oils in your bedrooms would be great to. I use Eucalyptus, Lemon and Tea Tree, personally. Or you can even use an Immune Boost Blend, that has all of those and more. If the winter flu has already taken hold and you are experiencing blocked nose and a cough at night while sleeping, I’ve found a cut onion on the bedside table really helps clear it up and you get a much better sleep.
9. FERMENTED FOODS
I will make sure there is some form of fermented food to add to our meals. This allows us have keep a good balance of good bacteria in our body and avoiding any nasties to take hold. I make my own using these starters - Coconut Yogurt and Coconut Kefir.
10. OUR HONEY MIXTURE
If someone in the family is looking like getting sick. I’ll make up this little immune boosting concoction.
I fill a jar with chopped or grated ginger, garlic, turmeric, (if you don’t have fresh Turmeric, you can use ground) and ground cinnamon. Then cover with HONEY. I let it sit on the bench for the day then place in the fridge. Then I use it like a couch medicine to help sooth sore throat or stop coughs, buy just scooping straight into our mouth, or putting a scoop into some warm water and drinking like a tea.
11. COOK SOME IMMUNE BOOSTING MEALS
There are many ways to get all these immune boosting foods into your diet. Here are a few beautiful meals to try.
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