7 Natural Remedies To Avoid Colds & Flu

by Natalie on December 4, 2014

I don’t know what happened, but last winter I got sick more than ever before. It seemed like I picked up anything and everything that was going around.

I absolutely hate being sick, so I’ve been looking into different things that will help keep me well this year. I’ve come up with a little list of tips that are easy to incorporate, and low-risk.

Here’s what I’ve got:

  1. Eat live-cultured fermented foods regularly. The choice for me is traditionally fermented sauerkraut. My favorite brands are “Bubbies” and “Wildbrine”. Eating live-cultured fermented foods is like taking a probiotic supplement, but better in my opinion. Traditionally fermented foods produce natural probiotics. Probiotics help keep your intestines healthy, where the majority of your immune system is located. I love the taste of sauerkraut, so I’ll grab a few forkfuls here and there throughout the day.
  2. Sleep more. I don’t think there is anything more restorative than good sleep! I plan to aim for at least 8 hours every night.
  3. Practice good hand hygiene. This is possibly the easiest way to protect yourself from colds & flu, yet, it goes overlooked. Ironically, during the years I worked at the hospital, I got sick the least. I think its because I washed my hands obsessively.
  4. Get enough Vitamin D3. If you live somewhere warm, this probably isn’t a big concern for you. It’s a big deal for us midwestern and Northern folk. Research shows that you are far more likely to get sick if you have have low levels of Vitamin D. Get your levels checked out (25 OH Vitamin D)! At the least, you should be above 30 ng/dl. Supplement dosing is more accurate when you know your levels, but most cold weather people would benefit from 2000 IU daily.
  5. Drink an immunity tea. Certain herbs can help boost your immune system. Yogi makes an immunity tea that looks good.  Traditional Medicinals is another good brand and they have a Echinacea Plus tea I would try.
  6. Try 100% cranberry juice. I recently wrote a post about the unusual health benefits in cranberries. They can help reduce the risk of bacterial infection – not just in your urinary tract! The serving size is ¼ cup per day to get the benefits. Thankfully not much more, since it’s so bitter.
  7. Avoid stress like the plague. I used to think that I could do it all. But now that I’ve gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I’ve realized that I just can’t and that’s OKAY. I’m not perfect, and still fall guilty of over-booking myself, but I try to be much more aware of it.

How do you stay healthy in the winter? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Until next time,

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