7 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System and Prepare Yourselves for the Flu Season

In the past, I did not believe in natural remedies but when I realized the results and the positive effects they have on your health, I changed my mind.  I have a son who was born with a rare birth defect and had many health problems such as eating troubles and problems with the respiratory system.  Healthy diet and the natural remedies helped my son to overcome these problems and boost his immune system.  It is very important to sleep enough, have a low-sugar diet, avoid eating processed food and make sure to do exercises.  Also, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamin C and vitamin A.

Despite all these, you need more help for the upcoming flu season. The following 7 Ways to Strengthen the Immune System and Prepare Yourselves For the Flu Season can help prevent the flu.

1. Elderberry

The botanical name of this product is Sambucus. It is an American fruit that can help you treat conjunctivitis, flu, decrease nasal congestion, ease arthritis pain and it is also used for detoxification. For treating flu and cold you should prepare Elderberry syrup. If you cannot find this fruit in any local store then you can buy the Elderberry syrup online. Elderberry also contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may help prevent damage to the body’s cells. It has high contents of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, and betacarotene.

2.Ginger

Ginger has a great concentration of antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. It also contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Moreover, for flu and cold it contains sesquiterpenes which are terpenes that target the upper respiratory infections. What you should do is grate a ginger in lemon juice and then add some raw honey. This natural remedy can help you reduce stomach pain and sore throat, therefore, it is considered to be a fever-killer.

3.Probiotics

Antibiotics are powerful medications that can destroy both good and bad bacteria. After taking antibiotics for 10 days, all good bacteria in the digestive tract are killed. Thus the balance in the intestines is lost but it can be restored by taking Probiotics.

Probiotics work by saving some micro-organisms, certain types of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts that exist naturally in the digestive tract and are fundamental part of it. The body benefits largely from these organisms and they are an indispensable part of our immune system. When there is proper balance and biodiversity in the digestive tract, then the digestion, absorption of nutrients and immune system defense function properly.

4.Raw Honey

If you wish to strengthen your immune system and at the same time help your body recover from common flu or cold you should take raw honey. According to certain studies, children cough less and have a good night sleep if they take raw honey instead of medicines. It has proved successful to give a teaspoon of honey to a child with a bad cough before going to bed in order to sleep better. Another benefit from it is that raw honey has no side effects as the other drugs.

5.Pineapple

A cough syrup proves to be 500% less effective than the juice of a common fruit when it comes to healing cough. The fruit is pineapple and its efficiency is due to the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain has strong anti-inflammatory properties and fights against infections wiping out bacteria.

Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which proved to be the number one antioxidant that can be dissolved in water. Thus Vitamin C protects all our body areas which are covered with water from free radicals whose aim is to damage our cells. It is also crucial for the functioning of the immune system.

Pineapple can also be used if you have ear infections that constantly reappear or if you are susceptible to a cold and flu. You can make a powerful pineapple smoothie to fight regular flu if you grate some ginger, add raw honey, lemon juice and just a bit of elderberry syrup.

6.Garlic

Garlic is an all-natural antifungal and antibiotic that can help cure almost any illness. However it is important to note that it is less effective after being cooked therefore it is most powerful when eaten fresh.

One way to prepare it before eating would be to chop one clove of garlic and leave it like that for about 10 minutes. After sitting for 10 minutes the garlic is ready to be eaten. This kind of preparation would help the formation of allicin which is the substance that gives the garlic its antibacterial properties. According to a research, allicin decreases the amount of lipids in your body, has an anticoagulatory function, helps in cases of hypertension, cancer, functions as an antioxidant and can kill the bad microorganisms in your body. You should be cautious however not to eat fresh garlic without food since it can have a bad effect on your digestive system.

7.Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is a great supplement for people who don’t enjoy eating fish. It is high in omega 3 fatty acids. It also makes your body resistant to common cold and flu.

If you wish to boost your immune system, you should include cod liver oil in your daily food plan. Quality cod liver oil is high in vitamin A. This vitamin is especially useful for fighting flu because it is responsible for the proper functioning of the mucous membranes.

Vitamin A also helps create white blood cells whose task is to fight bacteria. Since it is better to take care of the prevention than to search for a cure, I would suggest taking Probiotics, elderberry syrup and cod liver oil. These ingredients will boost your immune system and make your body ready to fight any minor and even greater illness.