Cold and windy one day, sunny and relatively warm the next. The wacky weather patterns leave your immune system in a state of constant adjustment. Build your natural defense with these immune-boosting simple tips, and you may just emerge into warmer spring days without having taken a sick day!
1. Boost Your Vitamin D
These short days and cold weather mean that most of us are spending very little time in sunlight which deprives us of a major immune-boosting dose of vitamin D. It’s not a coincidence that most colds and flus occur during the fall and winter months when we receive less sunshine! So what can you do if the sun doesn’t shine in your neck of the woods? Make sure to eat vitamin D-enriched foods, fatty fish like salmon, mackeral, sardines, herring, button and shiitake mushrooms and egg yolks. You may also choose to take a vitamin D supplement. To know if you are vitamin D deficient, ask you doctor to run a blood test to see if supplementation is right for you.
2. Shake Up Your Immunity with Greens
Drink your daily flu shot by making a green shake using antioxidant-rich greens like kale, beet greens, dandelion greens, and Swiss chard. Chockfull of flu-fighting phytonutrients, they will boost your immune system and energy. Add some spirulina or chlorella, berries, ginger and lemon to your shake for an extra energizing immune boost. If drinking your greens isn’t your cup of tea, make sure to add them to your meals. Try this lean, mean green fighting flu machine recipe!
Flu-fighting Green Machine:
1 handful organic kale
1 cup organic mixed berries
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1/2 fresh organic lemon with peel and seeds
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
3. Be a Sleeping Beauty
This advice is no surprise, but it is an extremely effective way to stay in tip top immunity. Research consistently shows that 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is necessary to repair our tissues, maintain a healthy immune system, and it helps us feel refreshed and looking our best. Sleep deprivation is a surefire way to weaken your immunity and make your more susceptible to infections.
Trouble falling asleep? Try to make a habit of shutting off your phone and not keeping it by your bedside when you go to sleep. Remove all digital toys, keep your bedroom dark, and perhaps sip on some chamomile tea a half hour before bedtime to help calm you. Avoid heavy meals and strenuous exercise before bed and refrain from watching movies and news that might cause unnecessary anxiety. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason—so indulge in delicious dreams to wake up looking and feeling revitalized.