Post on: December 4, 2019.

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Snow ball fights and other thrills of winter are fun but, to get sick is not. Sniffle. Cough. Achoo! Here are 6 things you can do to help you NOT get sick this winter. No more need for piles of tissue. With these scientifically researched, healthy habits you can improve your immunity. Cross your fingers (better wash those while you’re at it) that this winter you are not going go catch a cold.


1) Eat Chocolate

It’s so exciting – this plan to avoid getting sick is going to be so delicious! Research studies have dark chocolate has the ability to boost immunity and reduce stress (that’s key when we’re into the marathon of holidays through the early part of the winter). Inside cocoa powder are flavonoids, which have antioxidant and immunoregulatory properties. Pass a chunk of fair-trade dark chocolate over this way my friends. Yummy!

2) Swallow Some Bacteria

Whoa! Don’t get grossed out just yet. Probiotics, the friendly microbes that live in your body, have been well studied for their health benefits. In a 2016 review, note was given to probiotics’ potential to improve how the immune system responds to viruses trying to invade the nose and throat. Children get 6 to 12 colds per year, and adults between 2 to 5. Data out of France suggests half a million sick days per year caused by cold-like illnesses could be prevented with generalize probiotic use. Fascinating!

3) Meet Some Fun-G“i”s

There are some fun guys in the produce aisle! Many of us call them mushrooms. They contain fungal polysaccharides with immune-modulating properties. Plus, new research is investigating lectins in mushrooms: lectins play a role in how immune cells communicate to one another. High-five, dude!

4) Boost Your Immune System

The immune system is complex like a spider’s web. Yet, at each turn there are ways nutrients can support it. Vitamin C is such a nutrient. According to Health Canada these natural health products also have notable immune-supporting abilities: Astragulus membranaceus, bovine colostrum, Echinacea purpurea, fish oil, multivitamins, Panax quinquefolius L. and zinc. Another traditional medicine with anti-viral properties is Sambucus (elderberry extract).

5) Go to Bed

Time to hit the hay. Go get some sleep. According to a study published in August 2016, the amount of sleep we get influences our innate immune system and may be tied to inflammation in the body. Time for some shut-eye!

6) Slurp up some Chicken Noodle Soup

When Grandma claimed that her chicken noodle soup could cure your cold she wasn’t lying. A study showed that chicken noodle soup (that contained vegetables) was helpful in the way it altered how the immune cells were moving in the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat). Cool! Slurp up some delicious soup.

 

Yes! You can escape drippy noses and mucus-filled coughs when your body is home to a strong immune system. Oh, and remember you’ll be better off if you frequently wash your hands!


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