Vitamin A & D
Unbeknown to most, it is the combination of these two vitamins that is most effective in preventing or eliminating colds and flus. Vitamin a & d are sourced from citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, kiwi fruits, and broccoli. A wonderful supplement that contains both these health-enhancing nutrients is fermented cod liver oil. Choose your brand wisely as not all contain complimentary measures of both vitamins. I use Green Pasture – Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, this combination is even more beneficial than fermented cod liver oil on its own.
Most people roll their eyes at this point, but believe it or not, your body needs rest if it is going to have a fighting chance at battling the flu season. Rest will support your immune system to focus on the issue at hand – the cold or flu – and eliminate the stress and struggle of everyday life.
This mineral plays an important part in immune function and is surprisingly difficult to find in food. Most iodine has been removed from salt, which only leaves sea vegetables, fish heads, and some diary as the primary nutritional sources of iodine. Try to include kelp into your meals every now and again during winter in increase your intake of this powerful mineral. Also, choose a salt that hasn't has it's iodine removed (or synthetic iodine added).
Ginger has anti-viral properties that support the immune system, especially at the first sign of cold or flu. The easiest way to incorporate fresh ginger into your diet is through substituting it for tea. Make sure you have a fairly hefty dose of ginger for it to have any effect (!). Brew a small handful of chopped ginger and lemon in hot water for 5 minutes and then drink.
Enjoy the winter months with improved immunity and increased energy!
Feed, nourish, value yourself.