Natural Ways to Avoid the Flu this Season

Flu season is unfortunately still upon us, and it is so important to take care of ourselves to help ward off any illnesses. So what are some ways that we can do this?

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Wash Hands

This first tip shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Can’t you hear your mother now telling you to “wash your hands!” As hard as it might be to believe, many people still skip this easy and important action. To ensure that bacteria is killed, wash with an antibacterial soap and warm water after using the bathroom or prior prepping and eating food.

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Exercise

Maintaining a consistent workout routine helps boost the immune system dramatically by increasing the activity of white blood cells which attack viruses that invade our body. Even if it is just taking a brisk walk for thirty minutes during your lunch break, any exercise can result in added protection against illnesses.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy helps improve blood circulation, removes toxins in the body, and boosts the immune system. Just one session of three minutes offers huge benefits in preventing the flu and colds. Cryo Shield Therapy, in Del Mar and San Diego, offers walk-in cryotherapy sessions as well as different deals and packages to get you in and contributing to boosting your immune system!

Stay Hydrated

Our cells need adequate hydration in order to maintain the immune system. It’s a tall order to fill and a tall glass of water to drink. How tall? We should aim to drink half our body weight in ounces per day.

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Diet

Having a healthy diet that incorporates whole, unprocessed foods is essential in preventing the flu. Whole foods are loaded with vitamins that boost our immune system and ward off viruses and bacteria. Here are some important vitamins and minerals and food ideas for each.

Zinc: foods high in this are spinach, kidney beans, flax seed, oysters, and shrimp

Allicin: this is the compound in garlic that helps us fight illnesses. The smell may throw you off, but we promise that its benefits are huge!

Vitamin C: foods include oranges, grapefruit, kale, broccoli, and strawberries

Vitamin K: dark, leafy greens are included in this vitamin, such spinach, kale, chard. Try to fit these in every day!

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