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Ways to Boost Your Immune System this Flu Season

The one thing I kind of dislike with this whole pandemic, is the mask being only way to prevent sickness, just like any virus, sickness can be prevented by eating healthy and exercising. A vaccine like the flu shot is not going to be your magic bullet. The best way to prevent the cold or the flu is upgrades in lifestyle.

Lucky for you, staying healthy is relatively easy. Of course you should stay away form anyone who has been sick (stay home for you sick people), and avoid crowded areas with bad ventilation. The other thing to do is to make sure you wash your hands. These are the essential things to do. There are other healthy things you can do to help prevent sickness.

Gut Health

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Did you know that 70% of your immune system relies in the gut? It’s not just place where your food gets digested. That means taking your probiotics. Fermented foods like kimchi and kefir are also foods to eat that will help you fight off the chance of sickness.

Limit Processed Foods

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This should hold true even when you’re not trying to prevent yourself to be sick, but we’ll add it here. Eating whole foods enriched with high antioxidants like fruits and vegetables can help stave off sickness. Foods like dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes and salmon have anti-inflammatory properties that help build immune defense. With foods that you should eat, there’s some you shouldn’t. Avoid sugar, gluten, and processed foods as they all decrease immune support.

Don’t Neglect Zinc

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Vitamin C gets all the credit for helping people decrease sickness, but there is a less known vitamin that also gets the job done. Zinc can also curb cold symptoms quickly. This vitamin can be found in foods like nuts, beans, spinach, and oysters. If you feel a cold coming it would be good to supplement with zinc as it may stop the replication of cold cells.

Exercise and Rest

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Exercise is not just the thing that will help you stay fit and have that body you’ve always wanted. It can also be used as a way to reduce cold catching. That means you shouldn’t go super hard in the gym, especially when it compromises recovery. Definitely try to get your 8 hours of sleep.