Winter is typically a refreshing time of year that many eagerly await. The colder temperatures, in some areas the beautiful blankets of snow over the landscape, the festivities with family and friends, and the anticipation of a brand new year right around the corner help to make it a time of magic.
However, along with all of these great things, colds and the flu are also rampant. It can often feel like germs surround you anywhere you go this time of year, but by boosting your immunity, you'll be less susceptible to catching those colds.
Here are a few of my favorite natural ways to boost my immunity during the colder months.
Eat Harmoniously. Eating whole foods, especially locally-sourced ingredients, is best for maximum nutrients, flavor, and freshness. For big flavors that boost immunity, make sure you cook with immunity-strengthening ingredients like garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Try to choose foods that are naturally in season at this time of year. Although you can find strawberries and tomatoes in the produce department all year round, unless they grow in your area naturally in the fall and winter, you may want to choose fruits and vegetables that naturally comes to harvest in fall and winter.
Vitamins are Vital! And I am not talking supplements! Try to get the bulk of your nutrition from whole, natural food. Citrus, bell peppers, dark green vegetables, and berries are all excellent sources of vitamin C. And remember that even with the cold weather, it's important to get outside in the sun for a few minutes each day. It’s a great way to get the vitamin D your body needs, and a few minutes of fresh air always boosts your mood and energy levels! Use those supplements when you know that you are eating the most nutritious diet you can and are still not able to get all of the vitamins you need.
Stay Hydrated. When our bodies are dehydrated, it’s much easier for us to become susceptible to illnesses. And in the colder months, when we are not outside sweating, it is easy to forget that we still need water! So remember to hydrate and help your body flush those toxins away!
Get Your Z’s. In a society that tends to run itself ragged, take the time to get your rest and rejuvenate. You’ll be less likely to get sick if you sleep 7 to 8 hours a night, even if you come into contact with the people that are battling an illness.
Don't Stop Moving. Bears may do just fine hibernating, and we may feel like joining them in the colder months, but don't fall into that trap! Exercise is one of the best ways to benefit your body overall, and it also helps keep your immune system strong. Even if you only have time for a 10-minute walk after lunch, take it! It will help your body fight off illness, and a few minutes outside in the fresh air is sure to also boost your mood.
No one likes getting sick so reduce your chances of being bed-ridden by being proactive about your health right now! What are some of your favorite ways of staying healthy in the colder months?