Take prophylactic herbal medicines that enhance immune function during the cold and flu season (generally the winter months). The herbal medicines I use most prevalent here are Hydrastis, Astragalus, Sambucus, Fucus vesiculosus and Verbascum
My top 17 natural ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu
1) Get regular exercise to boost your circulation and immune strength. This exercise should be frequent and moderate. Don’t over do it or your immune system could be temporarily compromised.
2) Take a vitamin D supplement every day. Depending how insufficient your blood levels are of this vitamin, you may need a high dose. Talk to a health care provider who knows how to dose Vitamin D (many dont)
3) Take prophylactic herbal medicines that enhance immune function during the cold and flu season (generally the winter months). The herbal medicines I use most prevalent here are Hydrastis, Astragalus, Sambucus, Fucus vesiculosus and Verbascum
4) Air out your house and/or office on a daily basis, open the windows for a half an hour and let high-quality fresh air flush through your indoor environment and sweep out bacteria and mold spores that may be circulating there.
5) Avoid Sugar and foods containing it. Sugar reduces your immune function by 50%
6) Take measures to minimize your exposure to immune-damaging chemicals such as those you'll find in laundry products, cosmetics, personal care products and fragrance products(scented candles and air sprays). The artificial fragrance chemicals found in most of these products exacerbate your respiratory tract, can also be carcinogenic and cause liver damage.
7) Eat more meals that are rich in pungent culinary herbs and spices. Eat more Garlic and onions. Add spices to your foods like turmeric and ginger. Eat more coriander, rosemary, thyme and other rich herbs. This includes cloves and nutmeg, two spices you'll typically find were used traditionally during the winter months. These spices boost immune function and taste great.
8) Boost your trace minerals intake, especially zinc. Both zinc and selenium are hugely important for immune function. Zinc is especially well known for functioning as a shield support against many viral attacks. One of the best ways to boost your trace minerals intake is to use a good quality in-refined Celtic sea salt
9) Eat more fermented foods on a daily basis as they have a profound effect on the immune system. Fermented foods include natural yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, unpasteurized milk, unpasteurized cheese, miso, kimchee, kombucha, sour pickles, properly made sourdough bread and cream freshe. Its important to consume in raw, unpasteurized form as heating them kills the beneficial microorganisms
10) Consume bone broth soups regularly. This is like a stew or soup made by boiling the bones along with the meat and vegetables for about 4 hours. Remove bones and puree the veg and add back. This can be frozen and reheated.
11) Drink more fresh vegetable juice. This requires a juicer machine. Search online for recipes.
12) Get plenty of sleep. A lack of sleep compromises the immune system. If you’re having trouble sleeping consult a medical herbalist to address this with high priority. Lack of sleep will slowly destroy your health.
13) Move your lymphatic system. This is generally achieved by robust physical exercise but can be achieved by using low impact exercises too. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates are good here. Rebounders (mini trampolines) are great for this purpose. You can also do arm rotations and other simple movements to keep your lymph circulating. Lymph movement is crucial for immunity.
14) While you're at it, wash your hands more frequently. Many of the infections we receive during the flu season come from us touching contaminated surfaces and then touching our eyes, nose or mouth. The simple act of washing your hands can dramatically cut down on viral infections.
15) At the same time, demand high levels of hygiene by those around you. Ask them to wash their hands, for example. Ask them to boost their immunity with herbs, nutrients and supplements that are effective.
16) Reduce your levels of chronic stress, if possible. Stress also compromises your immune system, and it even "uses up" nutrients in your body, leaving you nutritionally depleted.
17) Laugh a little! Watch some comedy movies, or spend some fun time with family and friends. Laughter boosts immune function at many levels. It's good for your body and your mental health. Find creative ways to expose yourself to comical situations and you'll benefit as a result.