Let me start off by saying this. There is no magic pill, no supplement, no superfood, no special diet or even exercise program that can 100% guarantee that you will not get sick this flu/ “the unmentionable” season.
BUT YOU CAN help support your immune system through your daily actions and habits.
Follow These 8 Tips To Support A Healthier Cold And Flu Season This Year
1.Practice Eating Whole Foods And Getting Key Nutrients
Avoid nutritional deficiencies by eating plenty of protein, fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats.
Protein is the building block of antibodies. Protein deficiency can lead to being more susceptible to picking up the latest super bug. Aim for at least one serving with every meal.
Vitamin C is needed to prevent and fight said super bugs. (Infections, virus’, etc.) You can supplement but whole foods are your best source. Shoot for 1-2 servings per day.
Vitamin D actually helps protect you against respiratory infections. Most people are not getting the levels they need. Supplementing with 600-5,000 IU is suggested by most practitioners.
Zinc supports T-cells and is again best coming from whole food sources like whole grains, oysters and scallops but supplementing may not be a bad idea as well.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids help your white blood cells do their job as well as reduce inflammation. They are at the top of our recommended supplement list here at FCG if you are not getting enough in your every day diet. (Pro tip- you probably aren’t.)
2. Achieve And Maintain A Healthy Body Fat Level
3. Support Gut Health
Boost your good gut bacteria with pre and probiotics from foods like bananas, yogurt and sauerkraut.
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Exercise has great long term health benefits as you already know, but is also helpful in enhancing immunity and reducing stress.
5. Chill Out On The Alcohol Consumption
We’re not 100% clear on how alcohol affects immunity, but what we do know is it jeopardizes your health. Keep the evening cocktails to a minimum.
Get at least 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
>>Turn off electronics 30 minutes before bed
>>Throw on those blue light blockers an hour before that
>>Clear your mind with a little light meditation or a relaxing novel
>>Keep your room cool, clean and dark
7. Get A Handle On Your Stress Load
Totally eliminating stress is impossible. This is one thing I am 100% certain of. But you can take steps to reduce it. Practice what is in your sphere of control and what isn’t.
8. Wash Your Hands
This is a no brainer but practicing good hygiene is going to go a long way. Wash your hands and disinfect high touch surfaces.
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