Everyone’s worried about the flu this season.
Today’s show will talk about my top 7 ways to protect our family from the flu.
Are you worried about the cold and flu this season?
Are you worried about your little ones getting it, your family getting it? It’s pretty horrible, isn’t it? It’s been in the news. Apparently it’s pretty horrible this year, so I want to talk about the top seven ways that are my favorite to help boost our immune system so that we can help protect ourselves from the flu and also if we do get the cold or the flu to be able to get over that hump as quickly as possible.
I know there’s nothing worse than a sick child, right? They’re cranky. They’re irritated. They’re tired and it’s just so horrible as a parent watching them go through that pain, right? You kind of just want to take that discomfort away from them and just go through it yourself because it’s so hard watching isn’t it? It is, and you might have to take a day off work and they can’t go to school and you know, my son loves going to school so it’s not very nice when he has to stay at home.
First is Diet
I mean it’s the foundation of it all, right? So lots of fruits and veggies. Some of my favorite to boost the immune system are wild blueberries, bananas, those really nice mixed greens, spinach. If your little ones don’t eat it, hide it in a smoothie. You know there’s so many antioxidants and phytochemicals in there that help boost our immune systems to fight off things that aren’t supposed to be in our body and so don’t be afraid of fruit because fruit are super super good for our immune system.
Try to lower the fats even if it’s healthy fats. We do need that but don’t have too much because the more fats you have in your diet, your bloodstream, the less oxygen’s gonna be in there.
Foods, top foods that feed bacteria and viruses in your body, things like eggs, dairy, and cane sugar. So I don’t have anything against them but if you are trying to protect yourself, you know definitely don’t eat the foods that feed the bacteria and viruses that give you the cold and the flu. That makes sense, right? So definitely in the winter season, try to keep those eggs and dairy and cane sugar at a low. Other things that are really good, bone broth or if you’re vegetarian, veggie broths.
Second is Probiotics
I’m such a big fan of probiotics because did you know that 70 to 80% of our immune system is actually in our gut, right? So we definitely have to give our gut that good bacteria to support it, but the problem with a lot of probiotics is that a lot of them contain strains of bacteria that are not studied very well so one tip that I would give you with probiotics is get a probiotics where it has strains of bacteria that are actually clinically proven to get to where they’re supposed to go in your intestine and colon and digestive tract before they die off. So that’s the best tip I can give you about probiotics and then that also has to do with fruits and veggies because even if you do eat those probiotics, what feeds those good probiotics in your body? That’s fruits and vegetables. They love feeding off that stuff.
Third is Vitamin C
I love vitamin C. Personally myself, I take 5000 to 10000 milligrams of vitamin C every day to protect myself and it’s super great for my immune system and one trick about Vitamin C is to … it’s better to take small doses throughout the day than one large dose once a day because some of you, if you take too much at once, you might get diarrhea and actually, vitamin C, it doesn’t last very long in the bloodstream. So it’s better to get multiple doses throughout the day so you make sure that you have that Vitamin C in your bloodstream and that you’re protected.
And also, try and get a mixture of ascorbate because it is studied to last longer in your bloodstream than just ascorbate acid even though ascorbic acid’s great if that’s all you can get your hands on. And if your little kids, because ascorbic acid is sour, if they don’t want to take the ascorbic acid, you can actually get something like sodium ascorbate where it just tastes a little salty and it doesn’t taste sour or calcium ascorbate.
Fourth is Zinc
Zinc. I know a lot of people place a lot of importance on Vitamin D and the immune system and it is very well studied, but zinc, if you are deficient in zinc and a lot of people are, then you are going to be very susceptible to bacteria and viral infections. And you know, without Vitamin D we can still survive for a period of time, but if you are lacking Vitamin C and D, your body can literally start falling apart, right? That’s why people used to get scurvy and all this, all these diseases because they don’t have enough.
Fifth is a High Quality Multivitamin
I can’t stress this enough, but it’s really important in our modern day diet to have a really great multivitamin, specifically for the immune system. Vitamin B which plays a part in almost 200 different chemical reactions in our body. You know it’s critical for proper immune function and actually Harvard University did a study, if you lack multiple minerals and vitamins, it actually alters your immune response, so it’s super super important to get those minerals and vitamins in and a lot of us are super deficient in these micronutrients these days.
Sixth are Herbs
Herbs, some of my favorite herbs to boost the immune system? Elderberry, elderberry, I love making elderberry syrup at home. It’s super easy and you know, when you make it your whole house just smells so wonderful and you can make gummies out of it, popsicles out of it. You can be creative with it. It’s super easy and if you make a batch, you can store some in the freezer and that’s super great. Things like echinacea, goldenseal, herbs like oregano. That’s super great as well.
Seven are Medicinal Mushrooms
I love the medicinal mushrooms, things like chaga mushrooms, astragalus. So you can get them in powder form and, how bout this? Instead of having a morning coffee, you can make a chaga latte out of chaga powder and maybe some soy milk or almond milk, you know that’s super great. You can also hide some in the smoothies for your kids because they can be a little bit bitter so maybe your kids don’t want to you know just drink that.
Now there are a lot of other ways, but I feel these seven are things that have made the most impact in my family and they’re super easy to remember to do every day. Other than that, keep hydrated, keep warm, and you know, all moms, all parents, we just want to keep our little ones in our family safe, right? And especially as we’re transitioning into the spring, a lot of people, that’s when a lot of people get sick as well with those temperature changes. Just remember, even if they do catch the cold or the flu, these are ways that you can help them get over that as well and make it a little easier to bear.
So if you have any more questions or you want to know more, feel free to comment below or private message me or connect with me and I can give you more information and yeah. I hope that’s helped. If you have found it helpful, give me a thumbs up. Yes. Okay, so I appreciate you spending time with me and I hope that was very helpful and I will see you later.
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