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Flu Fighting Tips

November 2, 2009

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Everyone is talking about the flu, the shot, and whether to get it or not. There are many ways to boost your immunity during flu season, and avoid getting sick. The most important thing is to eat a healthy well balanced diet full of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables. Specific immunity booster are Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and Omega 3 fats, found in fatty fish. Garlic, carrots and sweet potatoes, which are loaded with beta carotene, also pump up your immune system. Probiotics, or the "live active cultures" found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Also add Vitamin E and Zinc to your diet for extra defense. 

Get enough sleep. Make sure that during the season of sickness, you take extra care of yourself by resting and reducing stress. Lack of sleep lowers immunity and increases your chances of getting sick, so, ease up on the party people!

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and keep your hands away from your face. Drink plenty of water and hot liquids, like green tea. Green tea is a super-charger for your immune system. Avoid processed foods which are low in vital nutrients that we need to stay healthy.  And exercise to sweat out toxins and keep your immune system in tip top shape.How do you stay healthy during the cold and flu season? 

Immune Boosting Ginger Tea:

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Peel a two inch piece of ginger and slice into thin strips. Once water is boiling add ginger. Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain ginger from the liquid and drink. Add honey and lemon to taste if desired.