How to Avoid Cold and Flu Season?

With Fall just around the corner, cold and flu season is closing in. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do at home to avoid a cold or get over one quickly.

The best-case scenario is prevention

  1. Stop the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, especially before eating or touching your face, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow (and encouraging others to do the same). 

  2. Your diet makes a big difference! Load up on nutrient-rich foods, especially antioxidant and vitamin-rich veggies and fruits which help your body build strong immune cells, and immune-boosting foods like: garlic, mushrooms (shiitake, reishi, maitake), and warming spices (cinnamon, ginger). And limit your sugar intake which puts the breaks on immune function and is a favourite food source for many bacteria. 

  3. Ever caught a cold after even short-term sleep loss? Me too. Prioritize sleep by aiming for 8 hours per night so your body can rest and repair. 


The second best scenario is a quick recovery:

  1. If you do catch the bug going around, kick those prevention tips into high-gear, and eat warm, simple foods like soups and stews which are hydrating and easy to digest so your body can absorb nutrients without shifting much energy away from the immune system.  

  2. Natural immune supports (including vitamins, minerals, and some herbs) can be very effective additions to your efforts. Some of the top vitamins and minerals to consider are: vitamin C and D, and zinc. These need to be dosed appropriately, so talk to your physician or ND to find out about safe dosing for you personally.