By Thom Underwood - December 6, 2015


The winter months increase the chance of illness. Limited sun exposure and close proximity to others who are sick are two contributing factors. These are natural things you can do to decrease your risk:

1. Get rest – The immune system is more effective when you get adequate sleep.

2. Avoid sugar – Sugar depresses the immune and promotes inflammation.

3. Consider taking Vitamin D3 – Depending on where you live, getting sun may be affected by the weather. Vitamin D acts as an antiviral and boosts the immune system.

4. Take Vitamin C –  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and will help boost the immune system. Take 1000 mg a day.

5.  Wash your hands with soap and water. Soap is anti bacterial when coupled with the friction of rubbing your hands together. Avoid using the alcohol based gels as they are absorbed and can disrupt hormones.

6. Take coconut oil – Taking 2 tablespoons daily or taking the gelcaps (2000 mg) boosts the effectiveness of the liver, one of the most important organs that detoxifies the body.

7.  Take probiotics – These are the bacteria and yeast that normally live in the digestive tract. Approximately 70% of the immune system is present in the GI tract. Processed foods, genetically modified foods, and antibiotics can destroy them. Probiotics are essential to keep the normal flora in balance. Normal flora suppresses the growth of bad bacteria and yeast, boosts the immune system, decreases inflammation, and improves digestion.

8. Avoid stress – Stress decreases the effectiveness of the immune system.

9. Avoid alcohol – Alcohol can depress the immune system. Drink in moderation and avoid if you are feeling ill.

10. Use nasal saline – It is an easy way to decrease exposure to bacteria and virus particles that enter through the nose.

11. If you are exposed to someone who is sick and you touch them, avoid rubbing your eyes, putting your fingers in your mouth or putting your fingers in your nose. These are all excellent ways to introduce infection into your body.

12. Avoid dairy products if you feel congested or have a wet cough. Milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream make mucous thick, making it more difficult to remove by coughing or blowing your nose.

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