Boosting Your Immune System for Winter
Winter is around the corner and with all the weather changes currently happening we have to boost our immune system as much as we can. There are different ways to strengthen your health, from good food sources to supplements and good exercise habits.
Food gives us energy but choose fresh foods to give you a better boost. Please avoid all processed foods and sugar, they make you tired and give you a short relief of hunger or of boredom. Nature is amazing and it offers you many nutrient rich foods that will boost your immune system.
Choose to buy fresh strawberries, dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, watercress, and others), cherries, citrus fruits (oranges, grape fruits, lemons) papayas, kiwis, black currants, bell peppers, broccoli, guava, brussel sprouts, melons, tomatoes and cauliflower. All these wonderful fruits and vegetables are rich sources of vitamin C, ideal to protect you from climate changes.
Herbs and spices are also essential for good health and they make your food more savory and different. Cook more with oregano, cinnamon , licorice, black pepper, cloves, chives, cilantro, basil, parsley and thyme. Brew yourself a cup of tea or add into your juices some ginger, turmeric, peppermint, elderflower.
Other foods that are wonderful to add them to your diet are Manuka honey for it’s antibacterial benefits and mushrooms for their antiviral effects. Eat superfoods like blueberries and raspberries, coconut oil, fermented foods like Kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut. When consuming animal produce, choose organic grassfed milk, grassfed meats and free range organic eggs and chicken.
Organic and raw supplements are also a way to improve your nutrient intake. Amongst those to boost your immune system are oregano oil with carvacol, elderflower, peppermint powder, echinacea, vitamin D3 (oral intake in proper doses because of the low sun exposure in winter), propolis, tea tree oil, chlorella and zinc. Remember to get high quality ones for purity and benefits. Always ask your doctor or nutritionist before their consumption.
To stay healthy, make exercise a habit since it’s crucial for your blood flow and it will make your immune system to be more efficient. Rest and get a good sleep from 6-8 hours. Stress has really bad consequences and makes our bodies less able to fight any illness. Finally drink more water to keep you hydrated in the dry winter. Try to drink 8 glasses of filtered, spring or mineral water. Otherwise, enjoy herbal teas and soups.
Work daily on your healthy habits to prevent disease!