Fight Flu: Boost Your Immune System

Before the cold front kicks in each year, clinics are filled with individuals getting flu shots in protection for the dreaded flu virus.

Not everyone does this, however; many of us opt for a more natural approach -- maintaining health through proper diet, sustaining wellness through exercise, and taking lots of vitamins - all of which are good habits to practice.

Our body unbelievably holds 60,000 miles of blood vessels. A thing to remember to keep flu at bay is ensuring our blood is properly oxygenated.

How do we do this?

Here are 6 simple tricks to keep in mind:

1. Hydration - Drinking water facilitates improved circulation and increases blood flow in our body. Our blood is made up of about 50% water.

2. Body Massage - A quick manipulation that wakes up our circulation. A great massage also drains toxins through our lymph nodes, making our systems function healthily.

3. Leg Stretch - Sitting for hours will keep your blood circulation stagnant and slows blood flow. Stand up and shake up from time to time.

4. Body Stretch - Do simple stretches such as pulling up your arms straight toward the sky or lying on your back and lifting your legs against the wall will reap benefits - This hastens blood flow within our bodies.

5. Proper Diet - Eat oily fish and spice up your veggies and leave the cows in the field. Oily fish are rich in omega-3 and will keep our blood healthy while lessening bad cholesterol in our system.

6. Dry Body Brushing - Body brushing is a great way to wake up the cells and boost circulation, pushing the blood in the right direction - it also cleanses our skin. Make this a habit before you hit the shower everyday.

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