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The winter season is the typical time for colds and flu’s. The immune system is the body’s natural mechanism for fighting against invaders such as viruses and bacteria. Some strategies for supporting your immune system this season are:
Reduce Exposure to Viruses – Washing your hands regularly and/or keep a natural hand sanitizer in your bag or at your desk that can be used prior to eating.
Healthy Diet – Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are great antioxidants and immune builders. Some that are particularly effective are leafy greens (spinach, kale, Swiss Chard, broccoli), any colorful vegetables from yellow, orange, red to purple will all provide different vitamins and minerals that will fight off those viruses.
Good night sleep – Lack of sleep depresses the immune system and lowers immune boosting T-cells and increases inflammatory cytokines. A good night sleep is sometimes all it takes to get rid of a cold.
Avoid Sugar – Sugar will depress your immune system for at least 2-4 hours after eating it. Try minimizing the amount of sugar/treats that you consume, alcohol included.
Vitamin C – ensure a daily dose of Vitamin C either through supplements or foods high in Vitamin C like leafy greens (kale and Swiss chard), kiwi, peppers, strawberries, oranges and broccoli to name a few.
Botanical herbs – One of my favorite immune boosting herbs is Astragalus. It is a deep immune activator and enhancer. It also has both antibacterial and antiviral properties but is best used as a preventative rather than for acute cold/flu. There are also many herbs that are very effective for acute cold/flu, coughs, congestion, and swollen glands. Speak to your local Naturopathic Doctor to find the best ones for you.
Dr. Mirjana Baspaly ND
Kushala Yoga and Wellness