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How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Winter is a time for family gatherings and winter fun. However, it is also the prime time for flu season. Tara Levy, ND has several suggestions for how you can make it through the season without getting sick.

The first thing Levy recommends is to wash your hands frequently. It is simple and very effective at preventing the transmission of germs. All you need is regular soap and water. Make sure when you are washing to include the backs of your hands and get in between your fingers.  She suggests humming to yourself the alphabet song to ensure you use enough time washing.  Also, wash your hands after you cough or sneeze, use the bathroom, or shake hands with other people.

Another natural trick for flu prevention is nasal rinsing. Nasal rising helps to get rid of germs that can take hold in your nasal cavity and make you sick. There are several options available for nasal rinsing. These include:

  • A netty pot
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Xclear, an anti-microbial nasal spray

Sprays are particularly useful for when you travel and are coming into contact with many people. They are also useful when you are in large groups, such as a party. Plus, the sprays are safe for children too.

When trying to stay healthy during flu season make sure to include probiotics. Although known for improving gut health and aiding in digestion, probiotics are also great for the immune system. Probiotic bacteria are part of the mucous membranes that are part of our body’s defensive system against infection. You can include more probiotics into your diet by eating fermented foods. For example:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kombucha
  • Pickles

Finally, don’t forget about boosting your immune system with vitamins and minerals.  These include zinc, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C.  Herbs contain many of these nutrients, but you can also supplement by using an immune support formula.

Want to learn more about how to stay healthy during the flu season?  Read the full post by Tara Levy here:  Winter Immunity.