Lately, the media has been buzzing about the outbreak of flu. In some states and cities, the flu has even caused the shut down of some schools and there have even been reports of fatalities.
While the flu should certainly be taken seriously, getting a flu shot is not necessarily the only answer for those who are trying to avoid it.
There are those who feel that the outbreak is being grossly exaggerated and that the drug companies behind the flu shot are befitting from said exaggeration.
Regardless of whether or not you choose to get the shot, do what you can to stay strong and boost immunity with these five simple steps!
1. Eat Garlic
Garlic is a natural antibacterial agent! It’s a serious germ fighter that helps the body fight off any unwanted bacteria. The most potent, therapeutic way to consume garlic is raw. (I know, it can be a bit on the intense side!) So, instead of eating it straight up, try adding raw garlic to salad dressings, hummus and dips. Another way to ease up on the intensity is to crush a clove of garlic and eat it spread on a piece of apple…
2. Boost Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and super supporter of your immune system. It is know for decreasing the severity of colds, so even if you’ve already got the bug load up on vitamin C to help ease the pain. Great vitamin C sources in the wintertime include those dark leafy greens as well as rutabaga, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemon and persimmon (if you live in California at least!) Want to really up the game? Have a green juice with kale, lemon and ginger everyday.
3. Get Enough Sleep and Manage Your Stress
When you compromise on sleep and experience a lot of stress, you are also weakening your body’s immune system and ability to fight off colds and flus.
It’s not a coincidence that you get sick right around the time of an exam, a big presentation at work or maybe even right after the Holidays (let’s face it: they can be very stressful, too). Prioritize active rest, like some gentle restorative yoga, practice deep breathing, meditate, go for a walk – what ever it is that works for you. But do something and get your 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.