Spending time in nature is one of the best ways to boost the immune system, according to a University of Illinois meta analysis of more than 21 studies.
Each year there are millions of cases of the common cold in the U.S. and anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of the population will come down with the flu. Those numbers mean one thing: Keeping your family healthy this winter is serious business.
Luckily, there are many natural ways you can reduce your chances of getting sick. First, start with the basics, says integrative pediatrician Lawrence Rosen, M.D., a member of KIWI’s advisory board: “Make sure everyone in your family is getting enough sleep, exercising every day, enjoying some fresh air, eating well, and managing their stress.” All these things help boost your general health, which is an excellent defense against viruses.
To give you even more protection against illness, KIWI spoke to top experts and uncovered some unexpected ways to fight off colds and flu.
1. Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins
We are constantly surrounded by thousands of potential toxins—they’re in our food, air, water, cosmetics, cleaning products, and more.