Building Immunity for Cold Season

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Have you noticed the subtle shift in seasons? We know fall is in the air by the way the sunlight is filtered, the days are shorter and there is a slight chill in the air. There is a prevalent feeling of melancholy accompanied by a sense of malaise or a nagging tickle in your throat. Perhaps you have noticed more folks coughing and sneezing. Oh yes, it’s officially cold and flu season. If your kids are in school, you can look forward to battling this for a long time. Parents suffer hard. Prepare for the long haul by boosting your immunity with these easy remedies.

Staying hydrated is key to flushing out illness. In addition to upping your daily water intake, incorporate immunity boosting drinks such as green juice, turmeric or ginger tea and bone broth. Try Infusing a pitcher of water with ginger root and lemon to sip throughout the day.

Implementing plant based foods into your diet will help to reduce inflammation and stress, so stock up on fruits and vegetables. Reduce trigger foods like sugar, dairy, gluten and alcohol which hinder white blood cells ability to kill bacteria. Chicken Soup has been consumed through the ages for its medicinal qualities and provides soothing comfort to sore throats and stuffy noses.

Up your supplement intake. Vitamin D3 is said to reduce flu duration and boost overall mood through the colder months. A combination of Probiotics and enzymes will improve your digestion as good bacteria detoxes and modulates the immune system..

Have supplies on hand to avoid last minute trips to the store when you are under the weather. A neti pot helps with sinus congestion. Try a heating pad and an epsom salt bath for achy muscles. An eye mask will soothe sinus headaches and give your eyes a much needed rest.

Treat yourself to a lymphatic massage, which helps stimulate the lymphatic system to remove waste fluid from the system. Try to get outside for fresh air and exercise to boost your immunity. Often we are cooped up all day with stale air and close quarters that can lead to contracting all sorts of germs. Keep your house as clean as possible and wipe down surfaces and door handles with a natural disinfectant like vinegar. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water especially after using the computer and before making food.

If all else fails and you end up down and out, here is a powerful cold busting recipe to try out. You can make this ahead of time to keep on hand for when the flu strikes. Add a few teaspoons to your existing drink of choice, or for the adventurous, take it straight.

½ cup fresh ginger root, peeled and  sliced

½ fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1 organic lemon, sliced

2 cinnamon sticks

1 sprig rosemary