Preparing for biological warfare against germs this flu season such as various infections including stomach bugs can be overwhelming. Many Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients worry about those dreaded germs. Although you do not have total control over the situation there are some things you can do to prepare yourself. One such thing is boosting your immune system and preparing for the next virus that is bound to be going around. Here are some natural and lesser known immune boosting suggestions which may give you a better shot at side-stepping the Flu Season.
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Individuals suffering with CKD have heard of the hygiene basics such as washing their hands properly before meals and after every trip to the bathroom. Many have also no doubt heard about the numerous studies which have shown the more physically fit you are, the less likely you are to suffer from colds. But KidneyBuzz.com encourages people with CKD to discuss with their healthcare team right away, two other important strategies.
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Adding blueberries to your meals. Let us not underestimate the antioxidant power of this little berry. In fact, blueberries rate a higher ORAC score (a measure of antioxidant capacity) than most fruits and vegetables. Also, consider reducing refined carbohydrates (carbs) and sugars. When it comes to boosting your body's natural immunity avoiding the negative is about as important as adding the positive. Refined carbs and sugars feed the bad bacteria in the gut and contribute to inflammation. Refined carbs and sugars include foods such as pasta, bread, cakes, candies and soda.
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These are simple things you can do immediately that can make a huge difference in boosting your immune system in order to ward off germs. Leave a comment below or on Facebook and share other natural strategies you use to battle against germs. Do not forget to talk to your Dietician BEFORE making any significant modifications to your current renal diet.
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Reference: "Boost Your Immune System For Back-To-Back School Season." The Advocate.