It’s that time of year, again. Cold Season. How often do you get sick during the winter months?? No matter how healthy we try to be by eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep to keep our immunity level high the common cold continues to plague us. Thankfully, you can boost your immunity naturally and decrease your chances of getting sick this winter.
Use a good Probiotic
With all we now know about the gut biome, eating foods with probiotics is
the best way to help keep your immunity strong. Kombucha, kefir, kimchi,
and sauerkraut are just a few probiotic foods to help you out. Make sure
you’re always eating plenty of fiber too to help that gut bacteria thrive. If
you’d prefer a probiotic supplement instead, there are loads of wonderful ones to choose from to make sure you’re getting your daily probiotic needs. If you need some suggestions, please hit reply!
Unfortunately, this time of year is also when all those holiday goodies are
lurking about. Balance it out by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidant-rich foods are immune boosters that will keep your system fighting all season long. Dr. Ryan Harvey gives some additional tips to boost your immune system with food and supplements.
Another warming winter food that will make your soups healthier is the bone broth which you can sneak into your family’s diet without them ever knowing. You can make your own, or if you don’t time, there are plenty of healthy ones you can purchase.
The more vitamins you have in your foods this season, particularly vitamin
C, the more immunity you’ll have. However, zinc is often forgotten for the
powerhouse that it is. Zinc can help stop a cold’s cells from replicating and is a powerful tool to have in your wellness arsenal this season and beyond. You can eat more zinc in spinach, nuts, beans, and pumpkin seeds. There are also zinc supplements you can take daily, or when you’re feeling a cold coming on.
Balance activity and sleep
When the germs are swirling around, be sure you’re getting enough exercise as well as getting enough sleep. Compromising on either one can jeopardize your immunity. With the days shorter and quite frigid, getting in bed earlier isn’t a hard thing to do!
Sanitize with Essential Oils
Soap and warm water are always best for cleaning your hands, but when
you’re nowhere near a sink, try this essential oil recipe. It smells great, keeps away germs naturally, and keeps your hands soft and supple even in the frigid winter weather.
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 2 teaspoons pure aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil (optional)
- 10 drops each: lavender, tea tree, and frankincense essential oils
- Approximately 1/3 cup water
Keep it clean
We know hands should be clean and kept from our eyes, nose, and mouth, but don’t forget about those things you use every day that can be contaminated with ease. Your phone, keyboard, desk, and door handles are prime examples.
Want a sanitizer that isn’t full of chemicals? Add purified water and distilled vinegar to a spray bottle in equal parts, and then add a few drops of tea tree oil. Spray away!
Use these natural immunity boosters to stay healthy & live life to the fullest!
Cheers to a cold-free cold season!
Lorraine Miano discovered her passion of offering menopause advocacy, support and resources to women in all phases of menopause through health coaching, proper nutrition and preventive lifestyle choices. She received her certifications as a Health Coach and hormone health expert from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
She has been able to help even more women by writing and publishing her first book, The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! The book helps guide women through the struggles they face as they begin menopause and helps tackle the daily changes such as balancing hormones holistically, getting a better night’s sleep and reducing or eliminating hot flashes, to name a few.
Lorraine loves to encourage her clients with her mantra “Menopause is NOT an ending! IT IS a new beginning!”