The cold winds are beginning to blow, and with winter right around the corner, you want to do everything you can to prepare your body to fight off any harmful infections and health problems that commonly crop up during the chilly season. We all know that eating a healthy diet forms the backbone and foundation of all health and well-being. Be sure to implement these top five natural health and immunity tips to keep yourself in the pink of health during the wintery weather.
1. Kick back & chill out
High stress depletes one’s immunity; while you can’t always eliminate all the causes of stress in your daily life, do take time to listen to your body. When it sends you signals that it needs time off, don’t ignore the signal. Many lifestyle changes can be made to get some downtime when you need it. Indulge in stress-relieving activities such as reading, walking, running, yoga, meditation, bathing and so on.
2. ‘Tis the season
Besides being affordable, think of them as nature’s natural immunity boosters that provide us with the correct nutrients that we need during this time of the year. In the battle against wintery weather, you’ll want to eat the right foods to boost your immune system. Eating simple broths or stews made with warming and wholesome ingredients like seasonal veggies make for excellent winter immune boosters.
3. Food power
Inflammation is certainly a part of the body’s immune response as without this, we cannot heal. When the body catches a cold, the immune system revs up by sending white blood cells to help defend against bacteria, viruses and infections. If you do manage to catch a cold, eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods to give your body time to heal and recover faster. The best anti-inflammatory foods include leafy green veggies and other greens such as spinach, kale, bok choy, chlorella, spirulina, silverbeet, barley grass, turmeric, fish, raw nut butters, ginger and raw apple cider vinegar (ACV).
4. Get guts-y
The phrase “you are what you eat” is extremely accurate when it comes to your immune system; nearly 70% of all food hangs out in the digestive tract. Think about the things you consume, as particular types of nutrients help to maintain a healthy digestive system. You need to eat a lot of probiotic foods that are fermented, including yogurt, kombucha, fermented soy (both miso and tempeh), sauerkraut and kimchi. These foods will help to nourish the digestive tract and elevate your immune system functioning.
5. Zonk out
Sleep is crucial for your mind and body. It is recommended to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. This allows the body enough time to rest and repair itself as well as rebuild the immune system against any bad bugs.