This cold, flu and allergy season, it is estimated that about 25% of adults will get sick despite flu shots and over the counter medications. The good news is, there are a few things you can do to naturally boost your immunity.
Following a diet rich in antioxidants is essential to supporting your immune system. Abundant in many fruits and vegetables, antioxidants combat free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA and suppress the immune system.) Choosing healthy fats (such as the omega-3 fatty acids available in oily fish, flaxseed, and krill oil) over saturated fats (found in meat and dairy products) may help increase your body’s production of compounds involved in regulating immunity.
For an additional immune boost, try adding garlic (shown to possess virus-fighting and bacteria-killing properties) and ginger (a natural anti-inflammatory) to your meals on a regular basis. You can also make an Immune-Tea by boiling chopped garlic and ginger. Strain, then add honey, lemon and stevia to taste.
Drinking plenty of water and steering clear of sugary beverages, like soda and energy drinks, may also help fend off infection by flushing out your system.