When you ask a question like “How to avoid the flu naturally?” you’re actually asking a complex question. “Natural” here can refer to two things:
- Enabling your natural defenses to fight the flu virus before the symptoms can surface
- Using resources from nature to do so
Your in-built doctor
You have a complex mechanism to eliminate the flu virus. It’s your immune system. It’s better than any medication and more comprehensive than any vaccine out there. And it’s your key to avoiding the flu naturally!
Do you know that people with strong immune systems are less likely to succumb to the flu? Even for flu epidemics like H1N1 and bird flu, those with weak immune systems can die if they get the viruses, while those with strong immune systems get to recover because their immune systems can fight the viruses.
Those with even stronger immune systems don’t show any symptoms at all even if they are exposed to flu viruses. Why? Their immune systems defeat the virus the moment it enters their bodies.
So, build up your immune system if you want to avoid falling sick from the flu.
What to eat
The immune system has so many components that need a myriad of nutrients. If fighting a disease is like fighting a war, your immune system needs all kinds of ammunition to win. What fuels your immune system? A wide variety of whole fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and other plant foods. The closest to their raw form you can get them, the better.
Every plant food contains different nutrients. There is no single plant that contains all the nutrients your immune system needs. So eat as many different types as possible.
What not to eat
Make sure you don’t fall into the trap of taking isolated nutrients like vitamin C and antioxidants. They may cause imbalances and side effects within your body because you’d have many of some nutrients and little of others. Such nutrients may also be unstable when outside the context of plant foods.
It’s a long-term venture
To avoid the flu effectively, you need to nourish the immune system every day, not just when flu season comes around. The immune system needs time to strengthen and reach optimal performance.
Building up your immune system will also help you in fighting and avoiding all diseases, not just the flu. Cancer, many disorders, arthritis, etc are all linked to your immune system function.
These diseases and environmental factors such as pollution threaten your health everyday, even though we don’t feel it. Why? Your immune system is working hard quietly to keep them out. So it needs all the help you can give to eat food that will nourish it and give it more strength to fight the flu. Start now!