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Natural Ways to Prevent the Flu

No flu for you

It is the start of 2013-2014 flu season. Any person who has ever felt the effects of having the flu knows just how debilitating it can be. Flu viruses circulate in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) best reduces the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu viruses spread through that community. However, for those that are more in tune with natural preventative ways to beat the flu, please read on…

How does the flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with
flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too.

1. Wash your hands

One of the most effective and easiest methods of flu prevention is washing your hands. Wash your hands after you use the restroom, after you’ve shaken someone’s hand, been on public transportation, attended a party, gone to the gym, and many other situations.

2. Exercise

Exercise has immune-boosting effects. Exercise boosts circulation, reduces stress, and eliminates toxins and through perspiration. Of course, consult a medical healthcare professional before engaging in any physical activities.

3. Organic, plant-based diet
Eat organic fruits and vegetables in your diet, particularly those high in vitamin C like papaya, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli and kale. To be safe, consult a medical healthcare professional to see if you can add a vitamin C supplement to your daily regimen.

4. Drink Water

Staying hydrated is important every season, particularly in the winter. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water can boost your immune system, keeping your body strong and ready to fight off illnesses all year.

5. Vitamin D supplement

Consider having your vitamin D levels checked with a simple blood test from your physician. If they’re low, consider and discuss taking a vitamin D supplement to help prevent not only the flu, but also a host of other health conditions– like cancer and cardiovascular disease – that have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.

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Beat the cold and flu naturally!

3618064667_f33d500b11_qNo one likes to be sick.  Yet every year, when winter rolls around, millions of people are affected by the common cold as well as the flu.  Symptoms of the cold and flu can leave you feeling miserable with a runny nose, hacking cough, a fever and bodily aches and pains.  Thus, it is no surprise that many of us are quick to reach for over the counter medication to help us feel better.  What we don’t realize, and something I learned from my father, is that you can just as easily alleviate these symptoms naturally, with food found right in your kitchen.

One day when I was sick, my dad encouraged me to try his tea concoction, which I will call the “Russian Remedy”.  My dad is of Russian decent and believed that a lot of ailments can be cured naturally.  He told me to boil for 10-15 minutes fresh, shredded ginger, about a branch full.  The flavor gets more potent as you boil it so you can adjust the amount to your liking.  Once it is boiled, pour the liquid into a cup and add 1-2 tablespoons of honey, half a lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper.  He said to drink this 2-3 times a day while hot and in no time I should feel better.  I have to say, as someone who always reached for medication, that this remedy made me feel better faster.  Now when I start to feel run down, I make this tea right away, and encourage all my family and friends to incorporate it into their regimen as well.  They too say that they feel better after drinking the “Russian Remedy”!

Now this is not the only mixture that will work but I hope that you give it a try when you start to feel run down and achy and see how it works for you.  You can read about other foods that reduce cold and flu symptoms by clicking here

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