Eat fresh fruits & veggies: Aim for at least 2 serves of fruit & 3 cups of vegetables daily. Fill your plate with a rainbow of colour to provide nutrients & antioxidants to help build strong immunity. Lightly cooked vegetables are a nourishing option in winter. Also think of using the slow cooker for your root veggies as a warming curry.
Eliminate inflammatory foods: Sugar, refined carbohydrates, dairy, & wheat can all be inflammatory & may suppress immune function. Enjoy only as treats.
Reduce stress: Stress steals energy & nutrients from your immune system (particularly zinc & Vit C), leaving you susceptible to getting sick. Enjoy the benefits of scheduling time out, meditation & time spent in nature. Get away camping this ‘Dry’ with family & friends.
Exercise regularly: Remaining active not only makes you feel good; it also reduces the frequency of contracting a cold by up to 46%. Join Activate with a friend!
Sleep soundly: Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night to restore energy & allow your immune system to regain its strength & resilience.
Herbal Teas: Try sliced ginger, lemon & dash of local honey in warm water….or my Protect-Me Organic Herbal Tea, to boost your immune system.
Use Essential Oils: Try Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Lavender essential oils in a diffuser, or even on a tissue/handkerchief to sniff throughout the day. These help to ward off the nasty bug,s & help make your room smells amazing, clean & fresh.
Garlic & Honey: This one of my favourite tips for families….roughly chop a couple of peeled garlic cloves & place these into half a jar of local raw honey. Leave the garlic in there a few days till it turns brown, then remove.
At the first signs of cold or sore throat – eat a teaspoon or two of the honey as needed. If you’re struggling with a cold/flu & need an Acute Consult to get you back on track…give me a call!!