Get Enough Sleep from Ways to Boost Your Immune System Against Cold and Flu

Ways to Boost Your Immune System Against Cold and Flu

Get Enough Sleep

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Lack of sleep has an immense effect on our immune system. It can also cause us mental and physical problems. When our immune system is being negatively impacted by lack of sleep we are lessening our protection to fight off the cold and flu.

Get Even More Sleep

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If we get the cold and flu, getting enough sleep is very important. Normally we have to wait out the virus until it finally feels like leaving our system. By getting extra sleep and extra time to rest we are increasing our chances to fight off the infection faster.

 

Decrease Alcohol Consumption

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Do you feel like you’re getting sick? If your answer is yes, make sure you say NO to alcohol! Drinking alcohol can make you dehydrated and will not mix well with any medications you make be taking for your cold.

Don't Smoke Cigarettes

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Smoking in general is bad for your health. So, smoking cigarettes while you are sick will only make your cold or flu worse! Cigarettes are full of garbage you should never put into your body. When your body is fighting off an illness the last thing you want to do is add more bacteria to it.

Exercise Regularly

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Exercising is a great way to boost your immune system!  It’s a great way to keep your body healthy, keep your spirits up and prevent you getting the cold and flu.

 

Take Your Vitamins

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Vitamin C is highly recommended for preventing and treating cold and flu.  Orthomolecular.org states:  “In high doses, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, helps kill viruses, and strengthens the body’s immune system. Taking supplemental vitamin C routinely helps prevent viral infections.” 

Try Different Herbs

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Astragalus Membranes and Echinacea are herbs that are considered immune system stimulants. Garlic fights infection, and works against viruses.

Probiotics

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Probiotics are good and helpful bacteria that aid your body with digestion. Try Lactobacillus, it is the most common probiotic.

Meditate

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One of the major causes of any sickness is stress. Yes, you can literally make yourself sick. Try and meditate, release your mind of your stresses and reduce your anxiety levels.

 

Stick to a Healthy Diet

Stay away from sugar! It’s just simply not good for your health. Remember to eat your fruits and vegetables instead.  

 

Make Some Friends

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Has your number of strong relationships dwindled? It’s proven that people who have strong connections with friends and loved ones tend to have stronger immunity.

Laugh

Sitting around pouting because you feel sick is not going to help you get better. Laughing literally curbs your stress hormones, which in turn helps you fight off infection.  

Go Outside

Looking for an easy way to get your vitamin D? Just go outside! Standing outside in the sun has proven to help prevent respiratory infection.

Eat Nuts

Nuts are a great source of Vitamin E. It helps your body fight off infection. Some nuts to choose from…Almonds and peanuts.

Get the Flu Shot

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The shot is here to help you, why would you pass it up? Protect yourself from getting the flu. Get the flu shot, save yourself and the people around you from getting sick.

 

Avoid Processed Foods

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Processed foods are usually high in sugar, which we know, is not good for fighting off the cold. Eat foods high in antioxidants. Eat your fruits and vegetables.

 

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Salmon has numerous health benefits, but the most important is... It helps build your immune system defenses! How? It helps your body fight inflammation. 

 

Add Zinc to Your Diet

Add Zinc to your diet to reduce the chance of you getting sick! Spinach, oysters and beans are just some of the many places you can find Zinc. Zinc has effects that can stop the replication of your cold’s cell.

Use Hand Sanitizer

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Think about everything you touch throughout the day; think about the amount of times you touch your face, or sneeze in your hands. Hand Sanitizer is extremely necessary if you are trying to avoid getting sick. Alcohol based sanitizers are most common. They are the best at removing the excess germs and eliminating the bacteria off of your hands.

Keep Your House Clean

Avoid getting yourself sick or members of your household sick. Wondering how? Just remember to keep your house clean. Make sure to, Clean the air, avoid pesticides, wipe down counters, fix old pipes etc. 

Open Your Windows

Your home may be stuffy; this could be one of the reasons why you are getting sick. Let the air circulate throughout your home and breathe in the fresh air from outside. Doing so will help you to breathe in air that is less absorbed in bacteria

Drink Water

Drinking water to help fight off the cold and flu. Water helps fight fatigue, boosts your brainpower, might help with decongestion and helps with dehydration.