…and hopefully avoid getting sick!
In case you haven’t heard, the flu epidemic is running rampant this season, and it seems as though the recommended flu shot hasn’t been the most proven method to avoid it. There are differences in opinions when it comes to the flu shot. Does it really work? Does it inject the virus inside of you and end up making you sick? I don’t have the answers, but I do know that regardless of if you’ve ever gotten a flu shot in the past, or like me, have never had one and don’t plan on getting one, there are still many preventative methods to consider. Please note, the steps listed in this blog are my own personal ways that I attempt to maintain a healthy immune system, not only during flu season, but year-round.
Add Vitamin C to your daily diet.
This can come in the form of a daily multivitamin once a day or naturally from the foods you eat. Some options high in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges, kiwis, strawberries, pineapples, papayas, and mangoes; and vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and bell peppers. Read more on this here. I take a regular over-the-counter vitamin C tablet every morning with my breakfast. I tend to switch from a 500mg to a 1000mg during the winter months since germs seem to be more in the forefront during that time. I’ve also incorporated more fruits and vegetables into my diet so that I’m pumping in vitamin C throughout the entire day.
Maintain an exercise routine.
In an article titled, “Why Exercise Boosts the Immune System”, it states, “outside of just keeping you in shape and helping you to become healthier over time, exercise can boost your immune system and help your body fight off harmful diseases and even something as simple as the common cold. Though doctors are continuing to do research on the link between exercise and the immune system, they have discovered some simple truths that impact how exercise can help.” So for all of you are jump starting (or maintaining) some form of a workout regimen, this added benefit should be even more motivation to not just make it a phase, but a lifestyle. Continue reading