Yes, yes, and yes is the answer to this question! I did a short Instagram story for the daily health tip on this topic last week, but I will give you all my tips and tricks right now.
First of all, there are clearly two parts to what products to use. The first part is using immune boosters to make sure you don't get sick. The second part are remedies to use once you're already down with the flu. So here we go. Now with all of these, please check with your doctor first in case you are using any medicine or have health problems that might interact with these natural remedies. And of course they don't substitute going to the doctor, but go hand in hand with conventional treatment.
Secondly, we put every illness in the winter under the umbrella of the flu. I will talk about common cold symptoms here, too, which may be plaguing you.
What I love about natural remedies is that they often don't have harsh side effects the way mainstream pharmaceuticals do. When you use herbal remedies, your body takes what it needs from the herb, and lets the rest just go. This makes it super easy to use with children, because you don't have to worry about adverse reactions or overdosing.
Boosting your immune system
There are so many things out there, and I usually don't like to share specific products, because I know that it's hard to get your hands on some of these depending on where you are in the world. So there are some ideas you can make yourself at home, and some that you can purchase online.
One of the easiest things we can do is make sure we have good hygiene when it comes to the flu. Wash your hands every time you get home with warm water and soap. I like to wash Baby Zand's hands and change her clothes as soon as we get home, so she doesn't carry any viruses around with her. That is also something useful for us to consider in case we come in contact with a lot of people throughout the day, like at the office or in public transportation.
I have written extensively about fire cider because it's one of the most powerful immune boosters out there. There are some companies that makes fire ciders, you can look for them in health food stores. However, it is super easy to make yourself for a fraction of the cost, and it will last you all flu season long. It is basically a concoction of garlic, chili, apple cider vinegar, rosemary, onion, ginger, turmeric, and horseradish. The downside is that it needs to sit and rest for 1 month, so it may be too late to start your batch right now. But definitely keep this recipe in mind for the next flu season!
Vitamin C is definitely the most used vitamin when it comes to the cold. The way it works, is that it catches intruders and disarms them. Of course we should all get enough vitamin C in our diet, but we often don't. Vitamin C is extremely fragile when it is heated, so any vegetables or fruit that are cooked will no longer contain vitamin C. In the winter time we don't often eat raw foods, so a green smoothie in the morning can definitely help get more vitamin C through foods into you. Supplementing with vitamin C can then be a good idea during the flu season. Commonly, women need 65mg and men need 90mg per day. You want to at least take this much every day to make up for not eating enough. You can safely go up to 2000mg a day longterm with minimal side effects like diarrhea.
You may have heard of colloidal silver, tiny silver particles diluted in water that can help to boost the immune system and fight illnesses. The downside of colloidal silver is that it can lead to silver toxicity. That is where accelerated silver comes in. Think of it more like a homeopathic product, where the water is in contact with the silver, and takes on its frequency, without actually any silver particles inside. I know this sounds like hippy voodoo, but it is amazing what it can do. It tastes just like water, and you can take it several times a day to boost your immune system and fight illnesses. It oxygenates your blood cells, and helps to make you feel more energetic. And because there are no silver parts in it, it means there are no side effects to it. Check it out for yourself here.
Reishi is a medicinal mushroom, a very powerful immune modulator that will help strengthen your immune system. Reishi is popping up all over the world in hot chocolates and lattes as a superfood. You can find it as a powder to mix 1 tsp a day into smoothies, or get whole reishi mushrooms and cook them with other mushrooms into a broth. This can be the base of soups, or you can just sip on a cup of broth every day.
Garlic is a powerful antibiotic, and helps to boost the immune system. It is part of the fire cider, and I use it in every meal throughout the winter. Yes, I apologize if you smell the garlic bomb that I am, but it really helps, and it's delicious, too.
In order to have a well functioning immune system, you need rest, and good sleep. Not sleeping may be a badge of honor for you, but it does not help to reset your stress hormones. Sleeping 8-9 hours a night can be the best immune booster for you - and it's free! Check out some evening rituals here to help you sleep like a baby.