I know we just put away those beach chairs and it’s hard to even perceive cold weather, but is your body ready for winter?
As autumn is finally starting to appear animals are starting to scurry to prepare themselves for the long, cold winter months by storing and consuming as much food as they can. If they wait to long their chances of survival may be at risk.
Don’t worry I’m not asking you do the same.
However, one thing we want to start preparing is our immune system and the best time to do that is in the fall. Often times, we start loading up on Vitamin C and other immune boosters when we get sick and by then it’s too late.
Aryuveda tradition, one of the oldest practices of medicine, believes we get sick in the winter by what we do in the summer and fall.
Too many Corona’s and pina colada’s in the summer may have you on track for a few sick days this winter. Not to worry though, nature always provides an opportunity to help out.
Try out a few of these tips to keep your immune system strong and you out of the doctor’s office.
An apple a day…
There is a reason for the slogan “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Apples are packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. In particular, they contain a special nutrient called quercitin, a huge immune booster!
Tired of taking a Benadryl pill when allergies hit?
Quercitin acts as a natural antihistamine that can stomp on the cold virus and may help in keeping symptoms down during allergy season.
Apples are in a huge abundance in the fall being perfect timing to clean us up after the summer months.
An apple pie a day however, does not keep the doctor away!
Eat your bugs
Did you know that around 80% of your immune system is found in your digestion system, or your gut?
In the gut is a delicate balance of over a million different species of living organisms that help digest food, fight off bacteria, and keep your immune system strong.
These healthy bugs are the workhorses of the immune system and it is imperative that we constantly keep them in abundance. The word pro-biotic translates into “for life”, where as whenever we have taken an anti-biotic, means “against life”. Taking a quality probiotic supplement is an easy way to keep healthy bacteria strong.
If taking a pill isn’t your thing try eating more fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, or the Korean sauerkraut kimchi. These foods help promote a healthy gut where organisms can thrive.
Soak up what’s left of the sunshine
Hopefully everyone had a chance to soak up some summer rays. If not, get some sunshine in before the days get shorter and we retire indoors for the winter. One of the leading vitamin deficiencies is vitamin D and our biggest supplier is sunshine. Vitamin D plays a big role in keeping our immune system up to speed and has even been linked to the fight against cancer. Soaking up what is left of the warm sun now may carry you over into the winter months but is always beneficial to take a quality supplement just to be safe. The recommended dosage is 1,000 IU a day (this will be listed on the bottle) but studies have shown that we can tolerate a lot more during the winter months. Go big with at least 5,000 IU. Not only is vitamin D great for our immune system but it also helps in elevating our mood. Don’t be crabby this winter, get some Vitamin D in.
Drink your medicine
What better way to get your vitamins in than enjoying a nice cup of tea?
Herbal tea remedies have been around for centuries and chock full of antioxidants and vitamins.
Not only are the teas easily absorbed but also rehydrating as well because of the water. Another plus!
Start off with a basic herbal tea in the beginning such as peppermint or ginger. However, do not wait until you are already sick to start drinking these herbs. Make a cup of tea part of your daily routine.
Prevention is always the best medicine, and tea time rules.
What do you do to stay healthy this winter? Leave your comment below