Cold, Flu Or Allergy: How To Tell

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How to Prevent Cold, Flu and Allergies

Though you can’t prevent illness all the time, you can boost your immune system to fight against foreign invaders and germs you come into contact with.

The cold and flu viruses aren’t totally avoidable, but you can strengthen your immune system during the colder months to lessen the likelihood of coming down with a virus or lessen its severity.

  • Take an antiviral capsule or tea daily during the colder months, or when exposed to illness, such as echinacea, elderberry, or astragalus.
  • Take probiotics with high bacteria counts to build up a healthy gut and digestion.
  • Consume plenty of water, get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and exercise regularly.
  • Limit processed foods especially pasteurized dairy and grains with gluten.
  • Consume bone broth regularly for mineral content and gut health.
  • Consider taking a multivitamin supplement throughout the “sick” months.

There’s a lot of debate around how allergies form – are they the cause of too much or too little contact with a substance? What we do know is that allergies are the body’s immune system attacking a food or particle it deems as a foreign invader. This could happen when a substance is combined with a real pathogen, such as in the case of vaccines. A number of researchers have found that the peanut oil in vaccines is bound with the virus in the particular vaccine, and the body recognizes the particle, in this case peanut oil, as a pathogen along with the virus creating an immune reaction to that substance in the future. Supplementing raw, local honey, probiotics, building gut health, and eating a whole food diet can help limit allergic responses for most.

References:

www.newsinhealth.nih.gov

www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu

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