Flu season has come around and you are noticing people giving in. Symptoms are mushrooming around the corner at your workplace, around your neighborhood and even in your home. There are ways you can fight this debilitating illness, and we are going to share a few tips with you

Basically a respiratory illness, the flu is caused by the influenza virus. The cold and flu can be confused, but you must know that they are two different things, caused by two different viruses and therefor need to be treated differently.

In order to fight the flu, you have to ensure that your immune system is strong, and in order to ensure that you have to maintain a healthy diet.

Learn how to differentiate between a cold and a flu by understanding the symptoms of the flu, which include: cough, fever, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea and a runny nose.

Ensure that the following are a part of your diet to keep your immune system strong and fight the flu.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is known to strengthen the immune system. To maintain good health, it is important that adults get up to 75 – 90 mg on a normal day, during flu season, you need to pump up this dose to stay fight the flu.

Fruits and vegetables work wonders. Include peppers, dark leafy green vegetables, kiwi fruit, green peas, berries, broccoli, oranges and tomatoes to get that dose of Vitamin C that you need.

Vitamin D
The sunshine Vitamin – Vitamin D is also a must to maintain strong immunity. Vitamin D is produced in our bodies through sun exposure and having high levels of this vitamin can help prevent colds and the flu too.

Known to be a popular flu fighter, it should be taken when symptoms surface to reduce severity and shorten the duration as well. Echinacea, a ancient herbal medicine, has been used for over 400 years, to make medicine from its flowers, roots and leaves.

A flowering an fruiting plant, it’s benefits in flu season can be consumed in the form of lozenges or syrup form.

Oregano Oil
This multi-benefit oil has antifungal, antibacterial and disinfectant properties that have an anti viral effect.

Zinc has an antiviral effect and also supports immune function. It should be consumed when the symptoms first surface.

Mainting good digestive health is paramount to fighting the flu and therefore you have to extremely careful about what you eat.

Reduce the amount of fermented foods to ease bowel movements, choose to avoid processed foods and consume quality probiotics instead.

Eat light. Indulge in comfort foods like teas, soups and broths, especially when symptoms come to the fore.

Get a restful; sleep at night and ensure you stay active with adequate exercise. Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or a Homeopath to learn how you can avoid the flu by focusing on naturals ways to boost your immunity in the winter months or flu season.