Each year before the flu season starts, which is by the end of fall and the beginning of winter, people around the world start preparing for this common viral illness, which can be very difficult to prevent and avoid, especially for those who spend a lot of time with other people, in closed environment such as school or the workplace.
Influenza virus, which causes flu, has its own life cycle and does not stay in the body for longer than several weeks. The flu symptoms last from five to ten days, with a period of fatigue and low energy afterwards. During that time, the body needs some extra help to fight the virus, which can be provided through home remedies, herbal solutions and simple lifestyle adaptations. Lately, there has been much talk about the power of plants in healing and in boosting the immune system. Most of the experts agree that green vegetables, fruits and other plant products are the best when it comes to battling with influenza virus and to improving the immune system function.
Green beverages for the flu
A person would have to eat a tons of green leafy vegetables, algae and fruit and to drink a lot of green tea to reap all the benefits from those natural products. Fortunately, today almost everyone can afford a juicer or a food processor and start making the juice that will do wonders for the immune system before and during flu. Some of the best ingredients for those get-well beverages are green tea, green vegetables, algae and Echinacea.
Echinacea is the number one product for the immune system. In many cultures it is still today used instead of antibiotics. Therefore, it is an essential ingredient in any juice, shake or smoothie made for the purpose of fighting off the viruses.
Grasses may be the cow’s food but when more people could overcome their prejudice when it comes to consumption of grass, there would me much less illnesses around. Barley grass and wheat grass are the bets possible sources of chlorophyll, they are loaded with enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Just a shot-glass of pressed or juiced wheat and barley grass will have an amazing effect on the body, it will purify the blood, increase the red blood cell count and boost the immune system.
Algae are also very beneficial, especially spirulina and chorella. They usually come in form of powder and can be added to shakes and smoothies for an amazing boosting effect on the immune system.
When it comes to vegetables, nothing beats broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard and kale. These green vegetables are packed with all the vitamins and minerals the body needs to fight the flu.
The amazing properties of green tea have been known for centuries in traditional eastern medicine. Green tea contains compounds that not only promote the production of immune system cells but they also fight the virus itself. Antioxidant properties of green tea are also well-known and highly praised.