The Holistic Health Approach for Flu Season
Fall season is more than a rainy season, but a very cold and dreary one as well. The flu and other seasonal colds have the tendency to sneak into our immune systems and 'ATTACK'. Yes, they love to attack our fragile systems transitioning from summer into fall. Each year in America, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized for flu complications. According to WebMD, 3,000 to 49,000 people die from flu related causes in the U.S each year.
Holistic Health care can protect your body against the seasonal flu or colds. "Holistic Health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything is functioning the very best that is possible. With Holistic Health people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one's own health, Suzan Walter, M.B.A." This means listening to your body in regards to your environment. In doing so, using the 'fruits' of nature will benefit your health drastically with natural foods and herbs.
Holistic Health & Food
Oats and Barley
Containing beta-glucan, a form of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidants, reduces your chances of being infected with: influenza and herpes. Oats and Barley can also boost your immunity and allow your body to heal faster from wounds.
Salmon (a Seattle favorite), mackerel and tuna are rich n omega-3 fatty acids, which contain compounds that reduce chronic inflammation. Inflammation can cause your body to be exposed to colds, the flu and more chronic diseases.
These licorice-flavored seeds, which has antibacterial properties, eases coughing and helps clear congestion from the upper respiratory tract.
Eating lots of citrus will provide plenty of powerhouse nutrients. Don't worry about overdoing it, since it's very hard to overdose on vitamin C. Anything your body doesn't use is just washed right out of your system.
Holistic Health & Herbs
Aloe Vera is helpful for minor burns, wounds, or frostbite, and also for skin inflammations when combined with hydrocortisone.
Garlic has some infection-fighting capability, such as working against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Ginseng is helpful in stimulating immune function.
Garlic contains infection-fighting capability. Garlic works against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Garlic is also known to lower the risk of common cancers, when consumed with onion.
Taking care of your body holistically will strengthen your immune system to fight against illnesses. For more information on how to strengthen your immune system, visit WebMD. Until next time, Simply Pescatarian!