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Natural Methods to Avoid Colds and Flu

Saturday, October 22nd 2022 10:00am 6 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Autumn is upon us, which means the annual cold and flu season is around the corner. Both colds and flu are caused by viruses, which means taking antibiotics for them is ineffective. Colds tend to develop more slowly, while the flu can hit you like a freight train with symptoms that are more severe.

The flu can be more dangerous for people with compromised immune systems. It can result in conditions like pneumonia. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu can help you manage symptoms and understand when you may need to take things more seriously and seek medical attention.

Fortunately, you have some options for natural supports to bolster your immune system and keep your body better prepared to fight off pathogens. Let’s take a look at some of those supports.

Supplement with vitamins to boost immune system

We don’t always sit down on a regular basis to eat a healthy home-cooked meal. Therefore, it’s wise to consider adding vitamin-rich foods or taking a high-quality supplement to ensure that you get the vitamins necessary for optimum health.

Getting vitamins from eating whole foods is preferable to taking supplements because of the synergistic effects found within the complex biochemistry of plants, animals, and mushrooms. Whole foods contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and compounds in intricate structures and ratios, which means your body can make greater use of their molecular elements. A high-quality supplement is a good option if you feel as though you aren’t getting enough of these critical vitamins in the foods you eat, but it isn’t a replacement for real food. Still, sometimes supplements can provide you with an edge against colds and flu.

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