Last updated on August 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Flu and cold season🤧😷🤒 can feel like it is year round and staying healthy can be a challenge especially if you have a busy schedule. 🗓
The best way to keep your body in tip-top shape is to have an immune system that is strong 💪🏾 and can protect you from getting sick in the first place!
Need some good home remedies to keep you healthy?
Using herbs, 🌿teas,🍵 detox smoothies, and 💦 can go a long way toward naturally improving your immune system so you don’t get sick.
Another great way to keep your immune system healthy is to make sure you are getting in all of the vital nutrients your body needs each day.
Check out my ‘Daily Vitamins’ page and see what vitamins you may need to add to your diet!
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How Healthy Is Your Diet?🤔
Is your diet an illness fighting, immune system strengthener?
Yea, I know a weird question to ask.🤷🏾♀️
Nonetheless, the best way to stay healthy during this time of year is to make sure your diet consists of the best foods that fight illnesses.🍏🍊🍋🍉🍌🍇🥕🥦🥒🍅
It all begins with your diet.
Ever heard of the following saying?
Food is thy medicine.
This literally means that the foods you eat can heal your body.
This is so true as the different healthy organic foods that you eat are full of antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and the list goes on and on.
If your diet is missing these key nutrients, then getting sick (even if it is a cough) is inevitable.
Again, the best way to prevent any of this from happening is to make sure that you are flooding your body with wholesome nutrition.
Get rid of those processed foods and instead bring in more immune-fighting fruits and vegetables into your diet. 🍏🍎🍐🍊🥦🥒🍑🍇🥕🥝
Best Organic Foods To Strengthen💪🏾 Your Immune System
Did you know that eating certain foods raw like fruits and most vegetables, you can increase the number of enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals your body absorbs?
The fresher the food the more nutrients you receive.
Organic produce, dairy, 🥚🥛🧀and meats🥩🍖🍗 are grown/raised without pesticides, GMOs, steroids, artificial ingredients, fed grain, etc.
By eating products without any of these harmful ingredients in them, your body will not have to use energy⚡️ to get rid of that stuff.
Instead, it can focus on gathering the nutrients that it needs to strengthen and ward off any harmful bacteria and viruses.
Some of the best food items that you can start to incorporate into your diet alongside fruits and vegetables is grass-fed beef, 🥩cage-free eggs,🥚 almond milk🥛 or any other nut milk that does not have a ton of sugar, or artificial ingredients in them (read the back of the milk carton), chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Both chia seeds and flax seeds are filled with antioxidants along with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, manganese, thiamine, copper, zinc, and many more vitamins and minerals.
These little seeds pack a HUGE punch of virus fight benefits!
You can easily add these little seeds to your salad,🥗 trail mix, and smoothies.
I add mine to my daily smoothies.
Get your hands on these little seeds HERE. (link to amazon flax seeds and chia seed mixture)
Best Herbs,🌿 Spices, and Vitamins To Keep Your Body Strong 💪🏾
Fresh produce is high in antioxidants, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Beta-carotene is the pigmentation like red, blue, orange, green, purple, and yellow, of fruits and vegetables.
We all know that oranges 🍊 are high in vitamin C, but did you know that there are other fruits and vegetables that have a higher content of vitamin C in them?
Some of these fruits and vegetables include:
- Chili peppers
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Kiwi 🥝
- Broccoli 🥦
- Strawberries 🍓
- Collard greens🥬
- Tomatoes 🍅
- Watermelon 🍉
- Peaches 🍑
- Pumpkin 🎃
- Carrots 🥕
- Corn 🌽
- Sweet potatoes 🍠
- And many more
If you can try, to incorporate as many of these fruits and vegetables into your diet as they can really help to boost your immune system and keep you healthy during this time of year.
The next best alternative if you are not able to get access to these awesome fruits and vegetables is to get yourself a multivitamin.💊
One of the best multivitamins is Yuve’s Liquid Multivitamin.
It consists of vitamins A, B, C, D3, E, Zinc, Biotin, Opti MSM, Minerals and Amino Acid Complex (BCAA).
This multivitamin uses all-natural, organic ingredients.🌿
It is non-GMO, has no sugar in it and is gluten-free.
For adults, you only have to take 1oz or 2 tablespoons in the A.M.
Kids can take this multivitamin as well.
They would take half the dose of an adult’s which is 1 tablespoon.
If you still feel like you need an extra boost of vitamin C, I recommend adding
‘Nature’s Bounty 1000mg Vitamin C’ to your morning routine. ☀️
If you like gummies, you can get Zhou Vitamin C+ Maximum Strength.
These gummies are vegan too!
Take one a day and enjoy the added extra dose of vitamin C. ☀️
Oh Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another vital vitamin to make sure your body has especially if you feel yourself coming down with something.
Some of the main sources of this vitamin include (but are not limited to):
- Broccoli 🥦(this is just an all-around awesome vegetable)
- Mustard greens🥬
- Turnip greens🥬
- Mangoes🥭 (one of my favorite fruits and it really strengthens your immune system)
- Nuts🌰 🥜
- Carrots 🥕
- Swiss chard🥬
- Pumpkin 🎃
- Red peppers
- Sunflower seeds
The foods below👇🏾 are also high in antioxidants to help kick that virus out of you in no time!
- Berries (strawberries, 🍓blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc)
- Alfalfa sprouts
If you are not able to get your hands on the organic versions of these fruits and vegetables, you can always take supplements that have these antioxidants in them.
Check out some of these antioxidant supplements HERE.
How Are Your Vitamin D☀️ Levels?
Vitamin D is super important if you plan on staying healthy during this flu season.
Many multivitamins do not give us enough vitamin D.
The best alternative to make sure you get in the proper amount your body needs is to eat foods rich in vitamin D.
There are foods out there that have vitamin D in it.
These foods include:
- Fatty fish,🐟🐠 like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Dairy products🥛
- Orange juice🍊🥤
- Soy milk
- Some cereals like Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Krispies
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks🥚
Fish🐟 is still one of the best ways to get a good dose of vitamin D.
In 3oz of cooked salmon, you will be getting more than 450 international units (IU) of vitamin D.
If you are not able to eat any of these foods, the next best way to increase your vitamin D levels is to get a supplement.
Yuve has a Vitamin D spray. ☀️
This spray is vegan and it gives you 800IU with each serving size, which is 2 sprays.
It is recommended to get at least 400-800IU a day.
This spray gives you the proper amount.
If you do not like a spray, but want to take vitamin D in a capsule form, I recommend getting Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D softgels.
Bring Some Garlic Into Your Life
I LOVE GARLIC!! ❤️
It is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with.
It gives my dishes that added touch of awesomeness.
Garlic is a natural immune enhancer that increases the production of your illness killer cells.
Those cells help to fight off and get rid of viruses, toxins, and harmful bacteria that may enter your body.
You can add garlic to any dish to not only give your dishes an added touch of savoriness, but it also gives you those added illness fighting benefits.
Add some garlic to your next homemade soup 🍲 or even to your salad. 🥗
There are a ton of different benefits that garlic can give you and you can check those benefits along with a sweet salad recipe out HERE.
All of these ingredients mentioned above (vitamin D, garlic, vitamin E, etc) are all great immune system vitamins that it needs to continue fighting off viruses and keeping you healthy during this cold season.❄️
What Is Echinacea? The Fast Way To Healthy
Echinacea is a great preventative measure you can use anytime you feel a cold coming. 🤧
Anytime I feel a sore throat, postnasal drip or a cough coming, I whip out my echinacea and begin taking it daily.
You do not need both of these echinaceas, but having at least one of them will definitely keep you from fall ill especially if you take it regularly.
Try to take it for a week straight and see what happens.
Let me know in the comments below👇🏾 if this helps you at all!
Echinacea Goldenseal can be used to fight both parasites and viruses within the body.
Side Note: If you have tonsil stones, aim this at those bad boys and it gets rid of them nicely!
(I am speaking from experience.)
Homemade DIY Multi-Vitamin Mixture Ingredients
Each morning, ☀️ I make a mini shake that keeps my body in tip-top shape.
The main ingredients I use to create this shake include (Ginkgo, passionflower, and chlorella).
Below,👇🏾 you will find some more great supplement powders you can add to any multivitamin shake.
These powders include:
- Alfalfa grass powder
- Wheatgrass powder 🥬
- Beetroot powder
- Barley grass powder
- Spinach powder 🥬
- Amla fruit powder
- Astragalus powder
- Lemon peel powder 🍋
- Rosehip powder🌷
- Chlorella broken cell algae
- Nutritional yeast powder or flakes
These are all great immune system supplement powders you can begin to add into your diet to help you boost your immune system and keep it strong!
Check out these supplement powders and let me know what you think by commenting below! 👇🏾
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic🍎
Another great ingredient you can begin to use in your diet is apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is great for alkalizing your body as well as getting rid of any sinus or throat ailments.
You can easily make a quick apple cider vinegar and lemon juice drink that not only helps to strengthen your immune system, but it can also help to detoxify your body as well.
All you do is add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (with the mother) into a cup with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or half a lemon)
Add about 1/2 cup of water mix it and drink up!
I drink this first thing in the morning☀️ and right before I go to bed🌙🛏 to give my body added illness fighting benefits!
You can also add a little bit of cayenne powder, ground ginger, and turmeric to this drink as well.
If you do, make sure you drink it through a straw so that your teeth😬 will not get stained by the turmeric or be damaged by the apple cider vinegar.
Spicy Hot Tonic
If spicy drinks or foods do not bother you, then this quick tonic could do a world of wonders for your immune system.
All you need is the following:
- Chopped onions
- Chopped ginger
- Half a handful of habanero peppers.
Blend all of these ingredients up with some apple cider vinegar🍎 (with the mother) and some water. 💦
Take a couple of tablespoons right away and save the rest for tomorrow.
You could drink all of it in one sitting if you like, but it is not necessary.
A little truly goes a long way.
Enjoy kicking those virus-causing bacteria out of your body for good!
Flu Prevention Drink
Here is a quick and easy flu prevention drink you can easily make and drink anytime.
It is jammed packed with antioxidants and illness fighting vitamins and minerals to prevent any illness born bacteria or virus from entering your body!
You can even add some of the supplement powders mentioned above👆🏾to this drink as well!
Here is what you will need:
Add 2oz of all of these ingredients into a water bottle of your choice with a little bit of water,💦 mix well and you are good to go!
If you do not want to add all of these ingredients together, you can always take them separately (2oz of each ingredient) as a shot with a little bit of water.
Try to drink this or take these shots once daily first thing in the morning☀️ before eating anything.
This will be a great way to boost your immune system before you start your day!
To Wrap Things Up…
All of these remedies mentioned above👆🏾 are great ways to keep yourself healthy during this flu season.🤧😷🤒
Many of these ingredients are super easy to find and acquire.
They are also super affordable. 💵
No breaking the bank here!🏦
Definitely check out these vitamins and supplement powders I mentioned in this post and let me know in the comments below👇🏾 how they have helped you to stay healthy during this winter, ❄️☃️😷🤒🤧illness season.
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