With the arrival of fall and cool days that settle down, you may fear a runny nose, coughing fits, sore muscles, and fever. Since we all want to avoid catching colds and flue due to change of seasons, it is possible to keep them off by taking a few simple and natural measures.
The safest way to avoid flu and cold is to not weaken your immune system. A healthy organism will be your best defense. Strengthen it and it will protect you from infections. People who suffer from a weak immune system are more likely to catch flu or cold.
Here are some of my favorite legitimate defenses!
1- Get some colors
In your plate, go easy on brown and white (do we agree that they are bland visually?) and fill it with bright colors such as…let’s say… vegetables and fruits. They are full of nutrients, fiber, minerals, and oligo-elements. Whether red, blue, green, yellow, purple or orange, each color of these natural and beautiful foods contains its DNA of virtue and antioxidant. Do not do without them, they are good for you!
On the other hand, beware of processed food, even the so-called light. They are full of bad fats, salt and sugar that are responsible not only for various digestive disorders but also for vitality and immune system decline.
2- Breath the air
Walking, moving and breathing fresh air has unsuspected beneficial effects that are no longer to prove. Walking oxygenates the brain, strengthens muscles and bones, influences well-being and improves the quality of sleep. In addition, it keeps you away from closed places that are, say, carriers of germs!
3- Sleep tight
Sleeping well and at regular hours is important. For proof, observe the somnambular state in which you float during the day when you have slept only a few hours the night before.
Why is it important to let the body rest? Because it is when we are in the arms of Morpheus that our cells regenerate. And who says regenerated cells says regenerated body!
4- Eat you Vitamin C
Our daily requirement for vitamin C is between 75 and 90 mg and a little more if you are a smoker. To consume it, include at least one of the following foods in your menu:
1 portion (140 mg)
|Yellow pepper||156 mg|
|Kiwi (1)||130 mg|
|Red pepper (raw)||109 mg|
|Orange (1)||105 mg|
|Green cabbage (raw)||
5- Discover probiotics
We talk a lot of probiotics these days. But what is it exactly?
Probiotics are bacterias that protect the digestive tract and help the body absorb nutrients and fight infections. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in your body!
By rebalancing the intestinal flora, they help digest fiber, stimulate the immune system, prevent and treat diarrhea. To get some of it, think fermentation such as kefir, sauerkraut, plain yogurt, tempeh, miso, kombucha and apple cider vinegar. Yum!
6- Add Vitamin D
Is the sun scarce in winter? So is Vitamin D. It plays a protective role in the development of certain autoimmune diseases and against common flu or colds. To know more about this sunshine vitamin benefits, you can read this.
So finally, eating food that is high in nutritional value, moving, resting and taking adequate supplements are a winning formula to avoid atchoums!
Now if your nose is already runny, put a couple of drops of oregano and lavender oil in a pot of boiling water and breath in. You will be amazed how instantly congestion will be relieved!
- Ginger - 1 or 2 slices
- Lemon, organic - 1 or 2 slices
- Honey - to your taste
- Boil 2 cups of water (500 ml)
- Put ginger and lemon in boiling water and let infuse about 10 minutes.
- Add honey to your taste.
- Enjoy !
And how about a ginger infusion that can do wanders?