It is that time of year when it seems everyone around you is sniffling and sneezing. Remember the importance of washing your hands regularly, especially after being in public areas. However, even if you are exposed to germs, a strong and healthy immune system will prevent you from sick!
Here are some easy tips to help prevent you from getting sick this winter
- Introduce vitamin D into your routine.
With less sunlight, our vitamin D levels start to drop. As Canadians, we tend to be deficient in vitamin D especially in winter months. Vitamin D is important for so many things, especially our immune function.
The daily recommended dosage is 1000 IU per day (usually a drop of the liquid forms), but it is worthwhile to have your vitamin D status checked to make sure you are getting the right amount. This is something we can do at the clinic!
- Increase your intake of vegetables while being mindful of your sugar intake.
There are tons of tempting treats around as the holidays near but unfortunately sugar tanks your immune system. Be mindful of your munching and increase your intake of green, leafy veggies to give your immune system extra support
- Contrast showers
Try this at the end of your showers:
30 seconds under warm/hot water followed by 10 seconds under cold water. Repeat 3-5 times being sure to end on cold. This circulates blood through your body and gives fires up your immune cells.
- Get moving!
Adding to the endless benefits of exercise – it also boosts the immune system. It can be hard this time of the year so my advice is to find something that your enjoy doing even if it’s going for a walk or vigorously cleaning house. Just get your body moving and your heart pumping.
- Use Echinacea at the first signs of a cold setting in.
This is my favorite herb for immune boosting especially when you feel yourself starting to get sick. It also helps decrease the length of time you are sick. Traditional Medicinal Teas has a great Echinacea blend to sip on when you’re feeling under the weather. Keep in mind that high quality echinacea will leave your tongue feeling tingly. If you are on medications, it is always a good idea to check in with a healthcare provider to ensure that echinacea is safe and effective for you!