After the last 18 months with limited human contact this cold and flu season looks like it could be a bad one.
This is not such a bad thing as our immune systems are in need of constant upgrade as bugs morph and adapt. Remember bugs don’t want to kill us but live in symbiosis with us.
The problem for us is that our lifestyles are so unhealthy with over-population and impaired immune function that we often get hit harder than should be the case, in terms of illness severity.
There are many things that can be done to limit the miserable time during flu season and most of them are free or inexpensive:
- Get exposure to natural light at 3 critical times of the day, first thing in the morning, at the brightest part of the day and a sunset. These habits will increase melatonin production and improve sleep quality.
- Lower blood sugar. High blood sugar is inflammatory but also leads to ideal conditions for bugs to proliferate. Keeping blood sugar low by avoid high carb fake foods is an easy win.
- Take cold showers. Cold water exposure has dramatic effects on immune function in a positive way.
- Supplement with:
- Vitamin C as ascorbic acid – up to 10mg spread across the day
- Vitamin D3 – 3000-4000 IU per day. Take with a magnesium supplement so your body can make best use of the D3.
- Melatonin or pistachios (pistachios are loaded with melatonin) – take 4-8 kernels after your final meal of the day.
- Eat offal – know to improve liver function and boost immunity, plus they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
- Finally, take your bone broth regularly through the winter months. Bone broth is loaded with nutrients, such as collagen and glycosaminoglycans, that dramatically improve immune function, restore optimal gut health and improve the mucus membranes as the first line of defence against bugs and nasties.
The things advised here will also improve your health generally so are well worth considering year-round.