Feeling a little like poop? Everyone around you sick?
Kids at school sharing a little too well?
When it comes to viruses, sharing is not caring. Below are ways to boost your immune system to protect you from colds and flu.
- Wash your hands with soap and water be sure to rub your hands to remove germs. AVOID antibacterial products; here are 5 reasons why. and some more science why !
- Sleep! Children need 8-10 hrs per night, adults need 7-9 hours per night to keep our defenses up.
- Decrease stress. Prepare ahead of time for homework, tests, and big event. Same for parents! Check out my de-stress information for Parents and Children.
- Eat your veggies! Eating a rainbow gives you fabulous nutrients to fuel your body and your immune system.
- Avoid sugar. Sugar shuts down the immune system!!! A sugar snack can impair the immune system for 4-6 hours.
- Eat more garlic, onion, turmeric, ginger -> warm us from inside and are microbial fighting foods!
- Meditation and yoga can improve immune system function.
- Spicy foods! Eating a spicy chili or other foods makes your nose run, thinning mucus and flushing out toxins and germs from your nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze to avoid spreading germs. We all know this but I must add it to the list 🙂
6 Nutrients to Boost Your Immune Super Powers
Selenium– Improve immune function by increasing interferon (proteins that alert other cells of viruses) activity.
- Selenium rich foods: Brazil nuts, walnuts, fish, enriched white grains, whole grains, meat, eggs, foods grown in high selenium soil
Zinc – Has been shown to keep infections at bay
- Zinc rich foods: Sunflower seeds/pumpkin seeds, red meat, poultry, oysters, beans, whole grains, dairy
Vitamin A– T cell function and integrity of mucus membranes.
- Vitamin A rich foods: Meat, eggs, dairy, cod liver oil.
- Deep greens: kale, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach cooked, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green peas, cooked corn
- Orange foods: Persimmons, egg yolks, tangerines, orange Juice, orange/yellow bell peppers, squashes, carrots, tomatoes, honeydew, prunes, apricots, cabbage, Mango, papaya, pumpkin
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)– Antioxidant protection and lung defense mechanisms
- NAC rich foods: Poultry, wheat, dairy, eggs, garlic, onions, meat
Vitamin C- Enhances immune system’s ability to fight infections
- Vit C rich foods: acerola fruit, rosehips, citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers
Vitamin D- Crucial for T cell function (fights bacteria and viruses)
- Vit D rich foods: sunlight mid day is the best source! Also fatty fish, Cod liver oil, egg yolks, beef liver
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Elderberry/Sambucus Niger/European elder- Rich source of antioxidants and immune modulation
Larch/Larix spp.- Promotes healthy levels of intestinal flora (anaerobes like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria)
Echinacea- Antiviral, Immune stimulating to enhance body’s resistance to infection
Different between Colds and Flu
Flu Symptoms: Fever, Fatigue, Muscle aches, Headache, Runny nose, Cough, Stomach symptoms, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
Cold symptoms: Fatigue, Runny Nose, Congestion Headache, Sneezing, Muscle aches (sometimes), Fever (sometimes), Upset stomach but without nausea, vomiting, and rarely diarrhea.
Contact Dr. Lundgren at Dr.Lundgren@ptera-wellness.com if you would like a free guide to Immune Boosting Recipes & Supplements. Plus a link to get quality supplements at a discount.