Worried the cold and flu season will catch you off guard? Are you trying to avoid encounters with anyone who might be carrying germs or viruses? Used up all your sick days staying home with sick kids? Below you’ll find some helpful tips to boost your immune system so it can provide you with better protection. And the added benefit? They make your life tastier and healthier!
Lowers the risk of heart disease, acts as a general antibiotic and it’s also great in fighting colds. And another great thing about it? Garlic tastes great with dinner!
Rich in Vitamin C which makes lemons great at fighting the common cold. A squeeze of fresh lemon in your water is a refreshing way to boost your day while boosting your immune system.
Turmeric has a secret component called curcumin which contributes to the immune system. And its bright color adds a pop to any soup, stew or casserole. Did you know that a pinch of black pepper improves the availability and absorption of the turmeric?
*precautions for taking Turmeric: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-TURMERIC.aspx?activeIngredientId=662&activeIngredientName=TURMERIC
An antioxidant that’s also an antiviral that can help boost immunity. Grate with some fresh lemon and natural honey for a delicious, immune boosting alternative to tea! A mixture you should try is honey-lemon-ginger tea, and if you want an upgrade you can add some turmeric and a pinch of black pepper to your immune boosting tea.
Zinc is essential to many of the immune system’s cells and since your body doesn’t store it, it’s important to get supplies of zinc on a daily basis. Oats provide your body with zinc and also with other important minerals such as iron and selenium. And oatmeal makes a delicious, nutritious meal on chilly Fall days.
When you eat fermented cabbage that is turned into sauerkraut, you consume a diverse population of probiotics that contribute to the good bacteria in your gut while stopping the growth of bad bacteria. Sauerkraut contributes to the immune system and can be taken eaten if you’re on antibiotics to help with the balance of good bacteria in your gut. Add some sauerkraut to your own DIY sandwich for a yummy and immune boosting dinner that kids love!
OIL OF OREGANO
Oil of oregano is a strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial extract made from oregano. Amongst its uses: fights infection, fights off the common cold, helps fight allergies and more. i would love to say you can add this to your pasta but unfortunately the taste is way too strong. If you want to hear more about how I dilute it, and how administer this for kids you are welcome to send me an email
Warning: Keep out of reach of children. Consult your healthcare provider before taking if pregnant or nursing, or for any additional concerns consult with your physician. Keep away from eyes.
MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY
Many patients I meet find it hard to give up their screen time, or they “just need to finish this book” and this “sleep delaying” sometimes leaves them with less than 7 hours of quality sleep. This takes a toll on the immune system. Organize your time so that you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep to help your immune system protect you better.
A good army needs to eat well, sleep and also get some exercise. The best way to make sure you incorporate exercise into your daily routine is to find something that you enjoy. Whether it’s a hiking or a brisk walk with a friend, a morning swim before work, Yoga, Pilates or anything else, make sure it’s fun. And an added benefit – you’ll be ready when beach season is back!
Have a cozy and healthy Fall and Winter!
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Diclaimer: Information and statements made here are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. The views and nutritional advice expressed in this blog are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.