Immunity boosters for flu season

MD002519Dr. Frank Lipman calls himself a ‘Health Evangelist, a Voice for Sustainable Wellness.’ He recently shared some of his top tips for natural immunity boosters to help us through the flu season.

While no one has all the answers, there is much to learn about NATURAL ways that we can help ourselves, without resorting to frequently harmful Big Pharma medications.

As winter and flu season sets in, his top recommendation is “do your D’s.” Vitamin D3 is essential for the immune system to function efficiently. Unfortunately there are few dietary sources. Exposure to sunlight is by far the best source of vitamin D, which explains why kids were slimmer and  healthier when they played outside more.

Most Americans are now D-deficient. So take a daily supplement from a reputable source. I would add vitamin C as another top vitamin immune booster.

A daily probiotic is also vitally important for optimal immune system function. Remember the gut is our ‘second brain,’ so keep those ‘good bacteria’ in it–especially if you have taken antibiotics and other meds that kill the beneficial bacteria you need for gut health, along with the ones causing your problem.’

Another favor you can do for your immune system is “DON’T  EAT CRAP (Dr. Lipman’s words).” Sugar and chemical-laden fast and processed foods decrease your immune system tremendously. Sugar FEEDS cancer and other diseases.

Instead, eat your greens. Salad and cooked greens are loaded with flu-fighting phytonutrients. And consume garlic daily. It is a known immunity booster and contains numerous anti-viral properties.

Keep moving all winter, even break a sweat sometimes, if you’re able.  The human body is created for activity that helps keep your immune system robust. Do deep breathing and other exercises, such as walking or yoga. They will help you sleep. No matter how busy you are, take time out to relax and do something you enjoy. Lack of sleep and relaxation wreak havoc on your immune system.

Dr. Lipman also advises NOT to wash with antibacterial soap, as it is made with harsh products loaded with toxins that increase the risk of resistant bacteria. Wash your hands frequently with hot water and chemical-free soap. For a good, natural hand sanitizer, try a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, peppermint, or oregano.

Good luck and may you have a flu-free winter!



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