Let’s be real.
Getting sick is pretty much the worst! Besides feeling like a pile of you know what, you get behind on chores, work, and have zero energy to do anything.
And as much as we think we’ll enjoy Netflix in bed all day long, it gets old really fast.
Unfortunately, flu season is already here. You may have noticed your co-workers taking more sick days or your kids bringing home yet another cough.
The best way to beat flu season is to prevent it! Here are 4 easy ways to keep those nasty germs away, boost the immune system, and avoid getting sick altogether.
How to Beat the Flu and Boost the Immune System
1. Eat your fruits and veggies.
Turns out your mother knew what she was talking about when she would always nag you to eat your fruits and vegetables!
Plants contain essential vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system, keep your gut healthy, and help fight off any bugs.
It’s best to get a variety, but definitely don’t skip out on your greens! Green leafy veggies are especially chalk full of important vitamins that can help keep you flu-free.
If you really struggle with getting in your fruits and veggies, try IdealRaw Superfoods or IdealRaw Greens. They contain blends of fruits, veggies, and greens to help you get the nutrition you need. Simply mix in a scoop or two in your smoothie and you’re good to go!
2. Take a probiotic.
Your gut health has a major role in your immune health. It’s a really big deal.
Recent research has concluded that a huge proportion of your immune system actually resides in your gut, specifically your GI tract. Researchers believe that certain bacteria in your gut spend most of their lives creating antibodies.
Often when we get sick it’s because the ratio of good and bad bacteria in our gut gets thrown off. This can happen due to stress, poor eating habits, and germs from other people.
You can help this balance by eating high probiotic foods like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut yogurt, and kefir. You can also take a high quality probiotic. My favorite is IdealRaw Probiotic because it contains 40 billion cfus of important bacterial strains.
3. Exercise daily.
It may sound surprising, but exercise can actually boost your immune system! You don’t have to exercise for hours either. Research suggests that 20 minutes is the magical number that will help keep your immune system healthy.
I’ll spare you the boring scientific details to why exercise boosts your immune system, but it should come as no surprise since daily activity is linked to numerous health benefits and longer life.
Here is a quick total body resistance routine you can do from home!
- 20 squats
- 10 pushups
- 30 ab bicycles
- 20 jumping jacks
Repeat 3-4 times for a fast but effective immune-boosting workout!
4. Manage stress.
Have you ever come down with a cold after a severe bout of stress or anxiety? That’s because too much stress weakens the immune system.
I know by now you’re sick of hearing, “Manage your stress!”. Managing stress sounds a lot easier than it actually is, I get it! But it is possible to limit stress and its negative effects.
When you find yourself stressing out and your blood pressure rising, take a moment to notice your breath. Is it short and shallow? Take a minute to take some deep mindful breaths, really focusing on filling the entire belly. This is a technique that is super helpful and you can do it anywhere!
You can also try yoga, meditation, gratitude journals, your favorite form of exercise, and even coloring. The best way to manage stress will vary from person to person, so take the time to figure out what helps you feel best!
Wrapping It Up
Beat the flu this season and take the time to take care of YOU. Incorporating just one or two of these suggestions can make a big difference!
If you’re looking for some extra help in protecting your immune system then try IdealRaw Defense! It has special herbs and natural ingredients to help keep your immune system running properly.
Enjoy the season and may we all stay flu-free!