10 Fall Tips to Boost Your Immune System
It is that time of year! Colds are running just as rampid as the kids in halloween costumes. Here are some helpful hints to keep you healthy! 1. Stay Hydrated Water is fuel for the body. It is second to air and before food in survival necessities. Good water is like premium gas for your car. When your system in hydrated it is functioning at high capacity. When hydrated, your liver, kidneys, and lymph nodes can filter out toxins and fight disease. Releasing toxins through the urine is essential to maintaining health! 2. Eat Alkaline foods When the body is acidic it is more likely to be a hospitable environment for disease. Most modern foods lack nutrients and minerals and when digested they create acidity in the body. This process of acidosis decreases the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and decreases energy. Instead of choosing processed foods, choose alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) such as spinach, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, avocados, raspberries, blackberries, and apples. 3. Rest More Often in the fall we find ourselves feeling more tired and lethargic. Instead of pounding down another coffee, take time to rest and let yourself recharge. Your body is in tune with the rhythms of the earth weather or not you choose to acknowledge it can be the difference between that pesky fall cold or maintaing health. When it is darker and cooler, we tend to be more sleepy and have less energy. Take a nap. 4. Sore throat? Gargle salt water! At the very first tingle in the back of the throat, reach for the sea salt and add it to some nice hot water. Gargle the salt water for 2-3 min and spit the water out. According to Dr. Philip T. Hagen, editor in chief of the “Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies, “A saline solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues and also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat.” Read more in his New York Times Article. 5. Camu Camu Increase your Vitamin C with Camu Camu. This amazon superfood is the most potent and easily absorbable form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important because it boots the immune system. You can find the powder form of Camu Camu at your health food store. My favorite is to add it to my morning smoothie. 6. Echinacea Take echinacea supplements or drink organic echinacea tea. Echinacea is a powerful herb that comes from a beautiful flowering pink plant that has been used by native americans for hundreds of years. Is fantastic for increasing the immune system, fighting infections, and reducing inflammation. 7. Liquid Minerals The lack of nutrients in soil and in the majority of our food leaves us deprived of essential minerals, even if we eat very healthy. Taking liquid minerals will fuel your body, energize you, and strengthen your immune system. My favorite brand is Concen Trace. 8. Fresh Ginger Fresh ginger is fantastic for digestion. It is also a natural disinfectant and immune system booster. This belly warming treat is sure to send any cold running out the door. I recommend adding some lemon or carrot juice to the ginger to take down the bite. 9. Wheat Grass Wheat grass is a powerful grass whose juice can be extracted and taken as a detoxifier, antioxidant, red blood cell stimulator and energizer. This alkaline gem is a must to maintain optimal health. Most juice bars carry wheat grass and you can take it in shot form. 10. Green Tea Sipping a hot green tea is just what your body and throat needs as the weather turns colder and when you feel like you might catch a cold. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and circulation stimulator. Drink one or two cups in the morning or mid-day for maximum results. Help your body stay strong by giving it what it needs to keep you healthy!