That’s the time of the year again the cold and flu season, it’s time for us to look upon our immune system, as we are likely to be influenced by cold and flu. On the whole our immune system does a remarkable job in protecting us against- disease causing microorganisms.Naturophathic Treatment to Boost immunity. Minimize exposure:One of the best ways to avoid cold and cough is old fashioned but necessary, hand wash. Use warm water, plenty of soap, and rub your hands together nicely for up to a minute to eliminate most germs. Also, avoid touching your face throughout the day; viruses often enter our body through our eyes, nose, and mouth.Soup’s on:A warm, hearty soup packed with cold- and flu-fighting foods can be both comforting and curative. You can try Chicken soup.Get regular exercise:In winters there is an urge to remain in our blankets for long, but moving your body will actually boost its immune function. Try Meditation or some Yoga exercises. In a 2006 study, researchers at the University of Washington enrolled 115 women in either a weekly 45-minute stretching session or 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. After 12 months, the exercisers had developed significantly fewer colds than the stretchers did. (Ref: View)Eat plenty of vegetables, spices and herbs with every meal:Vegetable contains essential vitamins and minerals, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants, which support and strengthen the immune system. Go for a variety of different vegetables each day. Include the following immune boosters on a regular basis – garlic, onions, ginger, and chilli, and Vitamin A containing foods such as carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, and green leafy vegetables.Take a good quantity of vitamin D daily:Vitamin D helps in boosting the immune system by reducing inflammation. We all know sun is the richest source of vitamin D. Rather than covering up every inch of your body, take advantage of the sunny days we have during the winter season, and head on outside and intake some Vitamin D. Stay healthy during the winter months and keep your immune system strong by paying close attention to your vitamin D status.Reduce stress – Excessive stress affects every system in our body:Stress is very difficult to define. What is a stressful situation for one may not be for other. Scientist are actively studying the relationship between stress and immune system. It is very difficult to know about the amount of stress a person has. Only it can be advised to reduce stress in order to build the immune system.Cut out the sugar:Sugar can be highly destructive to your immune system. Sugar causes inflammation which is exactly what you do NOT want during flu season. Inflammation triggered by sugar creates the perfect environment for the flu virus to grow or develop well. So skip the desserts and your immune system will thrive!Zinc:Zinc is a trace element extremely important as an immune system booster. Without adequate zinc, immune cells cannot function properly and thus cannot fight off cold and flu viruses.Hot drinks and honey:Any warming drink can help soothe a sore throat, suppress a cough, and helps in preventing cold or flu. Honey relieves the irritation of sore throat while its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties go to work fighting viral infections. Try Buhner’s Colds and Flu Tea: 2 tablespoons ginger juice, juice of 1/4 lime, pinch cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon honey, and hot water.Organic Ginger:Ginger contains chemicals known as sesquiterpenes that specifically fight rhinoviruses, the leading cause of the common cold. Dr. Duke recommends soothing ginger tea by pouring boiling water over 2 tablespoons of fresh, shredded ginger root. This helps a lot in curing and also preventing cold. ClosureHere at the GURUGRAM NATUROPHATHY CURE CENTRE, we believe in addressing all aspects of your health, knowing that mental health is achieved best when the body is physically fit.