By: Annie Morgan
Heading into fall – doctors and drugstores are already reminding people to get their flu shot this season.
Many people are so scared of getting sick, they line up to get the latest and greatest vaccine to avoid catching a cold – or stock up their medicine cabinets with every cold and flu medicine on the market.
But by the time you are sick, it’s almost too late.
The key to staying healthy is not treating an illness, but to try and avoid getting sick in the first place.
Freedom Health News previously reported the number 1 reason you should never get the flu shot.
Besides the fact it doesn’t really work – many people have even contracted the flu from getting vaccinated.
But if you maintain a strong immune system, your body can fight off all the nasty viruses and bugs that are floating around.
Even better, there are ways to boost your immune system naturally – without literally injecting the flu virus into your body.
So if you’re looking for natural ways to keep your immune system strong, check out our top picks below!
Believe it or not, exercise is a free and natural way to keep your immune system strong.
Those who live a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to getting sick, as they are likely to spend more time “sitting” – whether it’s in front of the TV or at a desk.
But getting up and moving around keeps the circulation moving and your joints and muscles active.
Harvard Health reported:
“Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.”
And no, exercise doesn’t have to be 3 hours at the gym.
You can consider high-intensity interval training, or even walking around the neighborhood is a good start for those who need a boost in getting started
Hippocrates once said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
If you are stuffing your body with carbs, sugar, and processed foods – you aren’t giving your body the nutrients it needs to fight off infections and stay healthy.
In fact, you are actually setting up your body to get sick, because you need the proper tools to fight off illness.
The saying really is true, we are what we eat.
By eating fresh leafy greens and healthy vegetables every day, you are literally giving your body the ammunition to fight off disease.
And don’t forget the protein!
Select healthy meats that are organic and free-range to make sure your body is getting enough quality protein.
Another natural method is echinacea – a flowering plant known to have medicinal benefits.
Research shows echinacea can help fight infection by increasing the number of white blood cells.
“Extracts of echinacea do seem to have an effect on the immune system, your body’s defense against germs. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. A review of more than a dozen studies, published in 2014, found the herbal remedy had a very slight benefit in preventing colds.”
And as Freedom Health News previously reported, Echinacea goldenseal is particularly recommended to boost immunity and increase general well-being.
If you’re eating healthy, you should be naturally getting all your vitamins from food.
And one of the most important vitamins your body needs to stay healthy is Vitamin C
Cleveland Clinic Health reported:
“Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all. In fact, a lack of vitamin C can even make you more prone to getting sick. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli. Daily intake of vitamin C is essential for good health because your body doesn’t produce or store it.”
Having grapefruit for a snack and eating a spinach or kale salad for lunch is a great way to keep your Vitamin C levels high.
And while you should be getting your Vitamin C from food – if you are planning on traveling it’s good to take an extra dose.
I personally take Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C which comes in a liquid gel form.
Don’t underestimate the importance of getting enough shut eye each night.
When we constantly skip out on sleep, due to either stress or insomnia, our body loses the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate.
And when we’re walking around like zombies, we are more likely to get sick.
Try and aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Which means you should stop drinking caffeine around 3pm, and forgo electronics a few hours before you try and sleep.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Even if you do all these things, there is a chance you still might get sick. But by keeping a healthy immune system you give yourself the best chance to stay healthy.
You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on products or inject your body with drugs.
By adopting an overall healthy lifestyle, your body will do what it is naturally meant to do.
What are some ways you keep your immune system strong?
Which one of these natural methods do you have the most trouble with?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the top 5 ways to boost your immune system naturally!