Autumn’s weather has officially arrived. Which means the air is damp and cooler. It also means the 2018-2019 annual flu season is about to begin. Flu season in the United States of America usually runs its course between October and February. According to an article written by reporter Nina Godlewski for Newsweek titled Flu Season 2018-19: When, Where to Get Your Shot, How Bad Will It Be This Year; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that “It can take about two weeks for the body to form antibodies to fight the flu after the vaccine is administered. ” Which is why the CDC encourages everyone to get a flu shot by the end of October.
When I used to work in a caregiver capacity. I would witness the numerous times when clients would get the flu shot, then within 48 hours they were ill and sometimes had the flu. Their suffering became a lesson for me. I learned natural ways to strengthen my immune system. This is especially important when one works in an environment caring for the ill. Also, be mindful that when working in close quarters with others, there is usually a trickle effect when it comes to colds and viruses. One person within the workspace or home gets sick and then it spreads to another.
There are natural means of protecting you and your loved ones from thecommon cold and flu virus. It is of utmost importance to consume foods that are loaded with antioxidants. That should be a daily lifestyle practice. However, this time of year it is best to increase your intake of antiviral foods.
Prepare Your Immune System by Consuming The Following
Citrus fruits are the best way to get vitamin c into your diet on a daily basis. Though they are naturally acidic, they are alkalizing to the body when consumed. If you are unable to juice fresh citrus consider purchasing organic lemon or lime juice. Such as Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lemon Juice — 16 fl oz – 2 pc
A powerful antiviral, garlic should be eaten regularly, all year round. Besides being beneficial for cardiac health. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Put some crushed garlic on your food, eat a slither of fresh, raw garlic or you can take galic supplements such as Mortar and Pestle Herbs Organic Whole Bulb Garlic Supplement – Potent Extra Strength – Immune Support – 600 mg, 60 Capsules – Made in The USA
Apple Cider Vinegar
Gut health is important when it comes to building the immue system. ACV is fermented and a wonderful probiotic. When purchasing ACV be sure to buy it raw. Raw ACV with the mother inside the jar is more effective and digestible.I recommend Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 32 Oz – With The Mother – USDA Certified Organic – Raw – All Natural, w/Measuring Spoon
Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is a natural anitparasitic and antiinflammatory. It is also antiviral and a natural antibiotic. Be cautioned that it is strong, so only take a small driop in water, tea or juice. I recommend
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