Regardless of how healthy a person is, sickness hits everyone every now and then. Especially in the winter time! Winter time is the time that people are most prone to getting sick – but improving and strengthening your immune system can help fight against bacteria, germs and toxins such as the common cold.
We have compiled 5 natural ways to boost your immune system to fight against bacteria and germs:
1. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds. These foods contain the nutrients that your body (especially your immune system) needs. Research has found that people who ate foods rich in flavonoids (blueberries, for example) were less likely to get sick than those who did not. Broccoli is a great vegetable option as it is high in antioxidants as well as vitamin C. Also, be sure you are drinking plenty of water. Water helps to flush out unwanted toxins in the body.
Exercise is very important in strengthening your immune system. There have been studies that found that exercise mobilizes your immune system cells. This helps the body defend itself against toxins and bacteria. And an added bonus, exercise protects the immune system from premature aging! Make sure you don’t engage in too intense of exercise though, as this can temporarily weaken your immune system and leave you susceptible to sickness.
3. Herbs & Supplements
There are specific herbs that can aid in fighting off sickness if taken as soon as cold or flu symptoms are felt. Herbs such as Elderberry, Astragalus, Echinacea, and Andrographis can all help fight against sickness. You can use these herbs in teas with lemon and/or honey.