The Top Ways to Avoid the Flu

It’s that time of year:  It’s starting to get cool out and you know what that means: flu season is fast approaching!  There will be a big push to get a flu shot, and quite a few people will get one. Not everyone will, and that’s their choice, but there some foods we ALL should eat as well as other things we can do to keep our immune systems strong. 

This flu season, make sure you’re eating the following foods:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Spices like turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Berries:  blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
  • Chicken soup 

It’s not that difficult to incorporate these foods into your diet.

When cooking, chop up garlic and onion and add them to your favorite dishes. The spices can be added as well, or add cinnamon to your oatmeal or even your water. Blueberries and strawberries make a great snack or can be added to smoothies. If you’re already sick, eat ice pops, turkey sandwiches, vegetable juice, chicken soup, ginger, garlic, bananas, and toast. And of course get plenty rest. 

Foods that damage an immune system are: 

  • Soda
  • Processed foods  

Sodas are high in sugar, and that extra sugar can temporarily weaken your immune system, as well as cause damage to your intestinal tract, which allows germs to enter your body.  

Processed foods have little nutritional value, and healthy foods are key to having a strong immune system.  The less nutrients a person eats on a daily basis, the greater the risk of catching a cold or flu as their body can’t fight them off germs effectively. 

A wise choice is to focus on strengthening your immune system by eating healthy, nutrient dense foods. Another great option is to increase your intake of healthy herbs and spices. Here’s a great apple cider vinegar recipe with turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon that I drink daily:

Other things that can make you susceptible to getting sick: 

  • Lack of sleep.
  • Stress
  • Dwelling on negativity 

Each of these can weaken your immune system and cause you to become more susceptible to Illness. Make sure you’re getting enough rest: The average person needs 8-10 hours of sleep per night.   

Chronic stress (long term stress) and constantly dwelling on negative things can be very taxing on the body. People under chronic stress are more susceptible to viruses and it can take a person longer to recover.  

There’s much more to avoiding the flu than taking the flu shot. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you!

Get more great health tips in my books The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness, and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals.  Both available in paperback, Kindle, and audible formats.

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