With the cold and flu season upon us, here are a few tips to keep ourselves and our families healthy.
Here are my top general immune tips:
Rest. Head to bed early, and aim for extra sleep (more than 7-8 hours) if you are feeling those niggly first signs of sickness.
Fresh air. Bundle up and head outdoors for a hike, boost your Vitamin D levels naturally to enhance your immune function.
Eat nutrient rich foods. Enjoy a wide variety of foods rich in vitamins, mineral and antioxidants to fortify your bodies defenses. Focus on warm, cooked foods such as soups and stews. Think about lots of vegetables and protein. Limit sugar as it suppresses your immune function.
Manage your allergies. Awareness and avoidance of allergens reduces the burden on your immune system for optimal functioning.
Reduce stress as much as possible.
In terms of supplementation, as a preventative strategy through this season I recommend extra daily Vitamin C and D, and increased Probiotics.
And, at the first sign of symptoms in our house, we have a few remedies we start immediately:
· Echinacea Tincture (the best Echinacea I have ever used) ½ dropper 5 times/day at the first sign of symptoms of immune activation, for me this could be feeling suddenly cold or achy, or noticing a slight scratchy throat. Kids can take this too in a glycerite form if they won’t do the tincture.
· Honey Garlic syrup – for sore throats it works so well it seems like a magical cure. The recipe can be found on our clinic blog.
· Warming socks
· Hot lemon tea with ginger and honey
· If there is a fever, UNDA 2, 5, 15 to encourage the fever and support our innate immune response.
Note: if you have an autoimmune condition, the above recommendations may not be appropriate