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Prevent the Cold and Flu Naturally

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stay hydrated

Stay Hydrated

You’ve heard this one before: drink plenty of fluids to keep from getting sick. For an extra immune boost, include fruit and vegetable juice in your daily routine. Those antioxidants help your body stave off illness. Just avoid sugary juices when you can – too much sugar is no good for staying healthy!

You’ll also want to drink as much green and black tea as you can. A 2009 study showed that people who drank 5 cups of tea per day had a healthier immune system than non-tea-drinkers. Five cups a day may sound like a lot, but it’s doable! Try having two cups in the morning, a cup with lunch, and a cup with dinner, and a cup while you’re winding down in the evening.

Eat Yogurt

Research has shown that the “good bacteria” in yogurt can help boost the immune system, especially in people who have a suppressed immune system. Since it’s the cultures and not the milk, soy or coconut yogurt work just as well in boosting immune health.

Cut Back on Smoking and Drinking

This is kind of a no-brainer, but we do tend to overindulge around the holidays, so it bears mentioning. Cigarettes and alcohol do hinder your body’s ability to fight illness. That doesn’t mean you can’t have the occasional spiked cider, but moderation is definitely key.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:37AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Thank you :)

1:59PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Please please places let us have articles on one page only.
How can we concentrate in what we read when we have a few words on each page , it drives me crazy......

5:00PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

sounds about right. But I thought adults were safe with up to no more than 4000 iu of vitamin D before toxicity?

11:33AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

thanks for this information

4:26PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for info.

12:43PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

thanks

11:50AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

good reminders! thanks

1:54PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

thanks

9:48PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Great advice! Thank you. Good health everyone!

7:34PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Thanks for the information,

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