10 Ways to boost immunity and not catch a flu

Flu season is everywhere and flu shots are only 60% effective. There is no way around it: we need to make sure our families’ immunity is at its peak. If your immune system is strong, you would recover quickly- even if you do end up catching the flu. Here’s how to naturally boost immunity and not catch a flu:

1. Eat healthy. Sugar greatly decreases immunity and processed food is loaded with sugar. to keep your immunity in great shape, eat real food, not artificial processed junk.

2. Take Vitamin D3. This is the most vital nutrient to fight off the flu and have your immune system function at its optimal level. There are few nutritional sources of this vitamin and even sunshine exposure cannot always generate it, so supplementing it is a must.  I  highly recommend Xymogen’s liquid D3 due to the purity of its formula. Also, it’s easier to give to kids, because there is no pills for them to swallow.

3. Do a daily neti pot. Ceramic or plastic,  neti pot is a must if you want to keep your nose bacteria-free. Considering the fact that most viruses start in the nose, neti pot is a great virus fighter. Use cooled-down boiled water and a pinch of sea salt. Pour this liquid into one nostril, as you tilt your head towards the opposite nostril. Your goal is for the liquid to come out of the other nostril. There are many youtube videos and pictures, explaining this easy process. The links to products I post here are the links to my amazon store. You supporting it means a lot to me: it means I can keep on doing what I am doing.

4. Take a daily probiotic pill or eat a diet, rich in nine natural probiotic foods. Probiotics are proven immunity boosters and naturally we usually don’t have enough of them to fight off a virus. So, during the flu season, I take  a probiotic pill daily.

5. Exercise daily. A study of 1,000 people found that staying active nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses and, failing that, made the infection less severe. This could be because exercise helps bolster the immune system to fight off bugs. You don’t need a lot of exercise to keep viruses at bay: merely staying active daily already has a protective effect.

 

6. Eat your greens. Full of flu-fighting phytonutrients, green smoothies and salads enhance your immunity with every sip and every bite.

7. Eat garlic. Proven to fight off viruses, this grandma’s favorite medicine still works today. During the flu season, consider garlic pills, or make some roasted garlic. My kids get “garlic candy”- crushed garlic cloves mixed with raw honey. If you add enough honey, they’d like it.

8. Take natural supplements for immunity. Elderberry extract, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract are all natural anti-viral agents. Sambucus syrup made with elderberries  is loved by adults and kids alike.

9. At the first sign of a flu, take homeopathic flu pills. They shorten the duration of the virus and may fight it off completely.

10. Drink Cold Season Tea daily. It tastes great, even the kids enjoy it with honey. The herbal formula of this tea is incredible: it usually keeps viruses at bay and shortens the duration of a sickness. Simply grating some fresh ginger into your mug of boiling water and adding some honey is a simpler substitute.

Read Natural Cold Remedies, too.

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.
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6 Responses to 10 Ways To Boost Immunity And Not Catch A Flu

  1. megan maxwell says:

    Great article and wonderful ideas to keep everyone healthy. Thank you for this!

  2. David says:

    As a person who understands science, let me say that the homeopathic pills you recommend in item 9 above doesn’t do anything. Here’s a great summary of the pills from Amazon. Remember, the only surefire way to boost immunity is to actually get a flu shot.

    It’s amazing that people are suckered into buying this product. The active ingredients listed on the package are “Anas Barbariae Hepatis Et Cordis Extractum 200 CK HPUS” For most folks unfamiliar with Latin, that sounds like it’s gotta be some miracle drug, right? Here’s the true story.

    Since 1925, Oscillococcinum has been prepared as follows. Into a one litre bottle, a mixture of pancreatic juice and glucose is poured. Next a Barbary duck (that’s the “Anas Barbariae”) is decapitated and 35 grams of its liver and 15 grams of its heart are put into the bottle (that’s the “Hepatis Et Cordis”). After 40 days in the sterile bottle, liver and heart disintegrate into a kind of goo, which is then diluted with water into the entire world production of Oscillococcinum for the year.

    There’s no logical reason to believe that anything in duck liver or heart will be an effective flu remedy. But even if there were some magic substance, the manufacturing process guarantees that it will not be in the finished product. The laws of chemistry indicate that after the 12th dilution, it is unlikely that a single molecule from the original organs will remain. Moreover, at the dilutions that Boiron indicates on their packaging (that’s the “200 CK HPUS” part) the concentration of the original substance would be 1 part in 100^200, which is a 1 followed by 400 zeroes. A 1 followed by 100 zeroes is called a googol. The estimated number of particles in the universe that we can see is a googol, give or take a few zeroes. So in order for one of the original duck molecules to be present in a container of Oscillococcinum, the mass of that container would have to be about a googol googol googol times our world, which would be incomprehensibly larger than the visible universe.

    A little research is all it takes to discover that there isn’t a SINGLE reputable scientific study demonstrating the efficacy of this product. And even assuming that the “active ingredients” (duck heart and liver) have any effect on the flu, remember that by spending your $16 on a container of goose liver pate and crackers, you’ll be a dose of duck organs that’s billions of times stronger than what goes into this so-called “drug”. All things considered, your money is better invested in a flu shot BEFORE flu season starts.

    • healthymama says:

      These pills saved myself and my family multiple times when we were first starting to get sick. We took the pills and didn’t get sick. So, personally, I don’t care what’s in them, I know they work like a miracle, because I have witnessed it myself.
      The flu shot, which is a vaccine, full of toxins and with 60% efficacy rate against the flu is not something everyone is comfortable with. I am not going to inject this into my kids and there are many other people who feel the way I do about the flu shot. These people are looking for healthy and natural alternatives to the not so effective injection of toxins.

  3. Heather says:

    As a Holistic Health Care Practitioner, Provider and Wellness consultant I agree 100% with this article with 1 minor correction. A neti pot can be contra-benificial if done incorrectly. I recommend as do conventional doctors and dentists using a nasal wash called Xlear instead. Xlear is made of saline solution,Grapefruit Seed Extract and Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar that dentists use when cleaning your teeth which prevents bacteria from your teeth from sticking to your heart when swallowed. Studies prove that xylitol in a nasal wash helps pull bacteria from the sinus canal while creating a coating that prevents any new bacteria from adhering; therefore is it extremely effective in preventing ear infections as well. Here is a link to read more on xylitol & Xlear Nasal Wash. I have used it daily on my son since he was 2 months old. It is 100% safe, effective, preventative & natural. Should be used 1-2 times a day just like brushing your teeth.

    http://bioessence.com/xlearnasalspraywithxylitolandsaline.aspx

    http://www.xlear.com/clean-nasal-passages-important-for-health.aspx

    http://www.xlear.com/nasal-spray.aspx

    • healthymama says:

      Heather, I am not a fan of xylitol. Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. Naturalnews.com explains further:
      search of patents online explains one process for making xylitol, tell me if this sounds healthy? You begin with some source material containing xylan. One commonly used source is corn imported from China.

      1. First the xylan needs to be broken down in a process called acid hydrolyzing. The results of this process leave us with xylose and acetic acid. The process of hydrogenation is carried out at higher pressures and temperatures ranging from 158 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Hydrogenation needs a catalyst, so a substance called Raney nickel can be used which is a powdered nickel-aluminium alloy.

      2. The acetic acid needs to be removed as the material safety data sheet describes it as, “Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive, permeator), of eye contact (corrosive).”

      3. Then the hydrolyzing acid and organic residues must be removed, this is done by heating the mixture and evaporating it.

      4. The resulting syrup, now free of acetic acid, hydrolyzing acid, nick-aluminum and other residues.

      5. The syrup is crystallized by stirring ethanol into it.

      6. The crystalline xylitol is now separated in a centrifuge from the ethanol and from the sorbitol remaining in solution.

      7. Viola, you have xylitol.

      I love the grapefruit seed extract, though!

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