It’s that time of year, Flu season is here. When you are out among the masses at work, school, the bus, the office, and the mall, it can be a challenge to remain healthy and not get a cold or the flu. While no one can completely eliminate your exposure to those who are infected, there are some steps you can take to support your immune system and prevent an outbreak. Check out these suggestions for natural cold & flu prevention and treatment in Marysville.
- WASH YOUR HANDS! That’s right, everyone is tired of hearing this over and over again. However, this is the best way to get rid of nasty germs, providing you scrub for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands before touching the mucous membranes in your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Maintain a healthy gut. Almost 80% of the body’s immune capability is stored in the stomach. Taking a probiotic that has at least 25 billion units can aid in this endeavor and your body will be better able to fight infection.
- Try to reduce the stress in your life. Studies show that stress suppresses your immune system. Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, a massage, meditation and acupuncture to alleviate symptoms.
- Drink less alcohol and eat less sugar. Even a light drinker has less immune system function, so consider cutting back. Sugar cravings are a real thing and have devastating effects on the body. Too much sugar affects the immune system by increasing your likelihood of getting gut infections, as well as the flu.
In addition, getting enough rest, taking an immune booster, antioxidants, and vitamin supplements can help. Call McQuinn Naturopathic at (425) 905-2487 to schedule an appointment to talk about other ways to address cold & flu prevention and treatment in Marysville.