Flu outbreaks in schools are common as students gather in close proximity.
Of course you teach your students to wash their hands regularly and to
shield their mouths when coughing and sneezing, but this may not be enough
to protect them from seasonal flu. Another way to prevent them from getting
sick is to bolster their immune systems. To this end, make sure that they
take a regular vitamin supplements and make sure that they also eat lots of these
immune system-friendly foods.
This is the good kind of bacteria that aids in digestion and with the absorption
of nutrients in the body. Probiotics are available in fermented foods
like natural yoghurts and probiotic drinks. Supplements are available
too. Probiotics reinforce the strength of intestinal walls and boost immune systems.
Ginger has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and also helps to settle
stomach and prevent nausea. Ginger has the same pain-relieving properties
as over-the-counter pain medications. You can add ginger to fruit salads,
soups and stir-fries or slice it thinly and steep in warm water to make
a tea. Add honey for added anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
This really does work! Studies have shown that chicken soup has other benefits
beyond rehydration and nutrition. Not only does chicken soup have mild
anti-inflammatory properties, it is also thought to improve the ability
of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the
body from bacteria and viruses. Add garlic to your chicken soup to improve
its healing powers. Garlic stimulates your immune system and has anti-microbial
Leafy Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard and other leafy greens are excellent
flu-preventers. Packed with vitamins A, C, D, K, B1, B2, B6, and minerals
such as zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium and copper, leafy greens are a
great option for improving the immune system.
These tasty tubers are packed with beta carotene which can also be found
in carrots. When absorbed into the body, its converted to vitamin A which
helps neutralize toxins and combats respiratory infections. Sweet potatoes
also combat free-radicals and this helps to boost the immune system.
Enjoy an orange or a grapefruit, or sip juice if you are not up for eating.
The vitamin C in citrus fruit helps to boost the immune system. It’s
a great preventative measure too as vitamin C helps to boost cell integrity
so that they are more able to withstand germs and viruses.
To improve your immune system, avoid sugary or processed foods and always
include seven fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Drink fruit juices
and green tea to boost your system and combat free radicals. Preventing
illness is easier than you think and is just one of the plethora of positive
benefits of eating well and exercising regularly.