No one likes to be ill, and feeling under the weather can have a big impact on every area of your life. If you want to try and avoid developing a common cold, the flu or another illness, it pays to think about how you can keep your immune system revved up and ready for action.
Having a good diet, exercising, not smoking, limiting how much alcohol you consume and making sure you get a good night’s sleep will help, however, you should also consider the following natural remedies:
You can take friendly bacteria by eating yoghurt which contains friendly bacteria. Yoghurts made from goat’s milk are particularly high in these. Whichever you opt for, your immune system will benefit from the increase in friendly bacteria.
Elderberries are full of flavonoids and they can help stop viruses in their tracks. Even if you do develop a cold or flu, you may find that your body recovers much quicker if you’ve been eating elderberries.
If you want a strong immune system, the ability to fight off infections quickly and healthy bones, you need to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. It’s so important that it’s actually produced by our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight.
The government and NHS recommend that everyone should consider taking a vitamin D supplement, particularly during autumn and winter. If your body doesn’t have enough vitamin D then you are at risk of developing osteoporosis which is a condition that leaves you with brittle bones that are easily broken.
Eating pumpkin and sunflower seeds can help boost your zinc levels, which can help you fight off colds and infections quicker. Other foods that are rich in zinc include red meat, fish, chickpeas and eggs. Alternatively, you could take a zinc tablet daily.
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