It’s the time of year for flu shots again. However, if you are among those trying to achieve a more natural lifestyle, how do you protect yourself against the flu without getting a flu shot? It’s probably easier than you think. Use these tips to help your health out, and avoid a trip to the doctor’s office.
Wash Your Hands
Frequent hand washing is essential to protect your immune system. However, avoid antibacterial hand wash and use regular soap instead. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic advise the use of regular soap rather than antibacterial soap. Regular soap kills as many bacteria, and repeated use of antibacterial soap may actually lead to strains of bacteria that are more resistant to treatment.
Eat Your Oatmeal
Oats and barley contain beta glucan, which is a fiber with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that make it more effective than Echinacea. When you eat the right foods, your health is sure to benefit.
Eat Some Yogurt
Yogurt or any dairy product containing live active cultures will help maintain the beneficial bacteria in your stomach and intestinal tract. These bacteria are essential for the proper maintenance of your immune system.
Use Your Own Pen
At the checkout line, at the bank, anywhere you have to use a writing utensil, use your own pen. Using your own pen will help reduce your exposure to germs. Be sure to wipe it clean from time to time as well.
Have a Positive Outlook
When you keep a positive attitude you can keep your stress down. When you have a lot of stress, your immune system will suffer and you will be more prone to disease. Find a way to relax, whether it’s a weekly massage, or just a few minutes a day with your book. Relaxation will reduce your stress level, which will help your immune system.
Be Nice to Others
Not only is it the Golden Rule, being nice to others will reduce your stress level and give your immune system a boost. Studies have proven that aggression and negativity have a detrimental impact on our bodies, as well as on those around us.
Get Enough Vitamin A
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is the first line of defense for our immune system. Healthy skin requires vitamin A in order to manufacture the connective tissue that is a major component of the dermis. Squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, dark green vegetables, apricots and a myriad other fruits and vegetables are tasty ways to get enough vitamin A.
Grab a Burger
Zinc deficiency is one of the major causes of a weakened immune system. You can take a pill for that, but grabbing a healthy beef or lamb burger is much tastier. Zinc is also present in lesser amounts in pork, poultry and dairy products. Take a supplement if you think it will help you as well.
Take Extra Care
If you’re pregnant, winter can mean all kinds of stress. You’re not just worried about your own health, but for your little one’s as well. A high risk pregnancy physician, Gilbert Webb MD says in his HealthGrades that expecting mothers should get frequent checks to be sure the baby is in a good position to be born. Your hospital should know if you’ve had miscarriages before as well.
There are many other ways to boost your immunity: be creative, be nice to others, and develop a sense of humor. According to the American Cancer Society, humor stimulates the immune system as well as lowers stress levels and encourages relaxation. So be well, be happy, and enjoy your life!
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