Cold and flu season is quickly approaching. I find this time of year especially challenging now that I’ve been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. I can’t escape the changing weather and temperatures, but experts say there are ways to boost the immune system.
The immune system removes toxins from the body, staves off infections, and helps in the fight against illness. For someone with a chronic health condition, the immune system is already compromised and working overtime. Thus, boosting the immune system is especially important during cold and flu season.
Healthy living strategies
Research on lifestyle and immunity is still being conducted. However, some strategies can help to boost the immune system, including maintaining a healthy diet and weight, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and utilizing effective stress management techniques. You can also quit smoking!
Boosting the immune system
Some natural remedies can assist in boosting the immune system, including:
- Ginger: Adding ginger to food and drinks may help with colds and nausea.
- Mushrooms: Shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are known to help with viruses, inflammation, and immunity. You can add mushrooms to soups, salads, and stews!
- Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper contains vitamin C and may relieve the pain and congestion associated with sinusitis. Add cayenne pepper to warm water for a therapeutic drink or season dishes with this healing spice.
Additional suggestions for cold and flu season include washing your hands regularly, taking probiotics to support the digestive system, and hydrating with water and other uncaffeinated fluids. Of course, you should always consult with your physician or healthcare provider to determine if these remedies, or any others, are a good fit.
You can also check out resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information on boosting the immune system.
Boosting your immune system may not cure your sarcoidosis. However, beefing up your immunity, especially during cold and flu season, won’t hurt your overall health and well-being.
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