Winter is officially here which brings with it the sniffles or even worse. Despite knowing what I know I felt like I caught a cold with a vengeance this week. With snifflers and sneezers every where you go I thought I would give a few tips which I normally follow (hindsight is a wonderful thing) to bolster your immune system to fight off whatever comes your way!
1. Fill up on probiotics.
My first line of defence is probiotics—both supplements and whole foods.
I aim to take a probiotic daily but also to get in AT LEAST one probiotic-rich food such as tempeh, sauerkraut, and miso. In the colder months, you can find me eating a lot of soup!
2. Make an immune-boosting tonic.
When ever I feel even the slightest tickle in my throat I drink lots of this: hot water with lemon, honey, a dash of apple cider and a pinch of tumeric
3. Take your supplements.
From the beginning of October I start loading up on immune-boosting herbs, foods, and vitamins to activate my immune system to help my body fight it off. My go-to supplements are high doses of vitamin C.
I also make sure most food is cooked with garlic. Garlic is incredibly antiviral and antibacterial.
4. Turn your favourite foods into cold-fighters.
Honey has amazing nutritional qualities. It is full of antioxidants and also contains powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Adding honey to some of your favourite dishes can help to ward off burdensome colds, sore throats, and allergies.
5. Keep your gut health in check.
When cold and flu season starts to spread, it’s also important to make sure your gut health is in check. It’s known that 80 percent of the immune system lies within the gut, which is why it’s crucial to supply it with what it needs to thrive. To do this, make it a point to eat plenty of colourful vegetables, for they are a rich source of phytonutrients. Consume a quality probiotic supplement on a regular schedule (same time every day) to provide a range of health benefits, such as improved digestion, immune-boosting benefits and the ability to fight foodborne illnesses, and drink adequate fluids.