Even if you have a pretty healthy lifestyle, sometimes you need a little extra help, especially during cold and flu season. The following 3 Ways To Boost Immunity And Get Ready For Flu Season can help prevent colds and the flu. If you happen to catch one, the following natural remedies can definitely can help shorten the duration and intensity.
3 Ways To Boost Immunity And Get Ready For Flu Season
Ginger.- A potent anti-viral substance that prevents the adhesion of viruses to the upper respiratory mucosa. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (preventing the growth of disease) and also an antioxidant. For cold and flu specifically, ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes, which target upper respiratory viruses, namely the common cold.
Raw Honey.- Another immune system booster that also helps the body fight a cold or flu faster. Did you know studies have determined that children who get a dose of raw honey cough less and sleep better than those who get cough and cold medicines? Plus there are no side effects. When my son has a bad cough, I give him a teaspoon at bedtime and he is able to sleep better. Make sure you choose a good quality raw honey like 100% Pure Raw Tupelo Honey. You can also see my post Raw Honey For Coughs And Colds for more details.
Garlic.– A natural antifungal and antibacterial that can help kick almost any illness to the curb. It is also a natural antibiotic. Garlic loses its potency when cooked, so it’s best taken raw during times of sickness. You can finely chop a garlic clove and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Waiting allows the health-promoting alliicin to form. Allicin is the key ingredient responsible for the broad-spectrum of anti-bacterial activity in garlic. Research also showed that allicin is responsible for lipid-lowering, anti-blood coagulation, anti-hypertension, anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-microbial effects. After waiting for about 10 minutes, sprinkle it over your food and eat. Raw garlic cloves are really strong and eating them without food can upset your stomach if you are not used to it.
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