We all know what is like to be laid low with the flu – you battle to get out of bed and, if you do drag yourself to work, you end up getting much worse. Over the counter flu remedies may not be as effective as dealing with colds and flu as you would hope so the best way to deal with them is really to try and prevent getting them. This can be done by boosting your immunity.
Boost Your Immunity
A holistic approach to boosting your immunity should be adopted and you will find that this will be achieved by following a healthy eating plan. This includes eating at least five portions of fruit and veggies a day and limiting your fat and sugar intake. You should also try improving your fitness through exercise. A simple half hour of gentle exercise a day is all it takes to maintain good health. Your immunity is negatively affected by sleep deprivation and so you need to ensure that you get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
Add Super Foods to your Diet
There are several foods known to create a healthy body system. These are foods that are packed with nutrients and that also have great health benefits for you. When looking at combating winter bugs, you have to pay special attention to garlic. Garlic is a great natural anti-biotic and also has properties that help lower your blood pressure. For the best results, garlic should be eaten raw.
Chilli’s contain capsaicin and can thus clear out your sinuses beautifully if you eat them. Mild or sweet peppers should also be eaten because they have a high quantity of vitamin C. Get your weekly dose of oily fish to ensure that you get your omega acids – these help boost your immunity and make sure that your body functions as it should. A surprising super food to add in here is chocolate. Now I know that all the chocoholics are going – “I knew it” but you cannot simply eat any chocolate – it has to be dark chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa.
It is said that two ounces of dark chocolate contains the same cough suppressing properties as a dose of cough syrup. By including these super foods in your diet and following a healthy lifestyle plan, you can beat the winter bugs before they really start to take hold.