‘Tis the season for becoming ill and spreading pestilence. I know, I know, that’s not a cheery way to start this post, but there are a few easy things you can do this season to give your immune system the boost it needs to fend off the barrage of germs (besides washing your hands consistently and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth without having done so first).
1.) Get More Sleep
I can’t stress this one enough. The days getting shorter alone is hint enough to get more sleep, but getting more sleep is one of the best things you can do to support your immune system. Rest allows for healing and gives your body and mind a break.
2.) Take Echinacea
Replace at least one cup of coffee a day with echinacea tea. Don’t drink coffee? Not a big deal, just add a cup of echinacea tea to your daily liquid consumption, especially if you feel at risk of getting sick or feel an illness coming on. Echinacea fortifies the immune system, which helps your body resist infection and ward of viruses. It’s a safe herb (generally safe for children and the elderly) but of course, if your body shows signs of an allergic reaction discontinue use.
3.) Add More Fire to Your Diet
Ward off the cold by putting a little fire in your belly. Add fresh garlic to your meals, along with ginger, onion, and peppers. Garlic stimulates the production of white blood cells, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. It’s a power herb that is often underutilized. Of course, if you’re prone to a lot of heartburn you would benefit from monitoring your garlic consumption, as too much can aggravate the stomach. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and useful for treating nausea, stomach flus, colds and respiratory illnesses. 4.) A Few Extra Tips
- Cough/sneeze into your elbow, not the open air or onto others. One winter I was in the grocery store and this woman coughed openly all over the fresh onions and tomatoes. It was at this point in time that I saw the merits of public flogging.
- Clean your door handles. It’s an often overlooked way that germs spread.
- Opt for washing your hands with regular soap vs. using antibacterial solutions.
- Listen to your body and put your health first.
- If you’re looking for tea recommendations, I personally recommend Yogi Tea. It’s my go-to brand especially when I am unable to make my own teas.
*the contents of this post are for informational purposes and are not a substitute for medical advice or care. Talk to your doctor before starting new health regimens. Research any herbal remedies & talk to your pharmacist to ensure that they will not interact with any other prescriptions you are taking.*