One of the worst things about winter months is the colds, flues, and other respiratory illnesses that seem to be everywhere and make everyone miserable. This sicknesses are unpleasant enough to deal with even though we have the benefit of modern medicine and pharmaceuticals to help ease the discomfort of the symptoms. Imagine had much worse a bad flu season could be in a disaster situation when pharmaceuticals aren’t available for treatments.
So, if you’re prepping, you’ll want to think about how you can fight colds and flues, especially during winter months. Fortunately, there are many natural, off-grid ways to boost your immune system and fight off illnesses.
Probably the most important thing that you can do to ensure your health and prevent being laid out flat by an illness is to make sure that your body is getting proper nutrition. Eating the right foods to get the needed amounts of vitamins and minerals can help your immune system and your body stay strong so that you aren’t nearly as susceptible to illnesses.
The obvious answer that many people already think about is to make sure that you have enough Vitamin C. Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit are great sources of Vitamin C, but, as Tammy Robinson notes:
[B]ell peppers have more vitamin C than an orange! You also can consume dark leafy greens, broccoli, berries, snap peas, and papaya alongside that morning glass of juice [to increase your intake of Vitamin C.]
Along with Vitamin C, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough iron in your diet as iron helps the body absorb and make use of Vitamin C. For most people, this will mean eating enough meat and poultry. Liver can be an excellent source of iron, too. Vegetarians will want to concentrate on eating nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to boost their iron intake.
Finally, if you don’t like garlic, well, you may want to develop a taste for it. While you probably won’t want to put it in your breakfast cereal, you’ll want to find ways to sneak this into your lunch and dinner menu because garlic is excellent for boosting your immune system.
So, there, you have it, simple, off-grid ways to boost your immune system to have a (hopefully) cold-free winter.