For all of us ‘down under’, autumn is here, and winter is just around the corner. It is an ideal time to prepare your body for the cold winter days. With prevention is mind, there are many easy steps you can take to boost your immune system and have your body stay healthy during winter.
Make sure you get adequate sleep. Our body does its best healing as we sleep. This is the reason you feel tired when you get a bug and feel off colour. Your body wants to slow you down so you will rest and your body can heal.
Add herbs and spices to your cooking. There are so many delicious herbs and spices that can be added to your food not only for the taste aspect, but also for the health benefits that your body will gain.
Avoid all refined and processed foods. They are full of additives that are foreign to the body, and so keep your immune system stressed.
Lower your exposure to toxins and chemicals. I say lower, because we live in a very contaminated environment these days, and it is impossible to be free of a chemical overload. Sad but very true.
Here are a few simple things you can do on a daily basis that will help to lessen your exposure to some of these toxins:
- Don’t allow any plastic cling wraps to touch any of your food
- Don’t allow any aluminum foil to touch any food
- Avoid the use of non stick cookware.
- Use glass to store food in, instead of plastic
- Use cosmetics and skin care that are chemical free
- Use cleaning products that are chemical free
- Avoid the use of chemicals in the garden
- Buy organic foods where possible
- Avoid commercial air-fresheners
- Have a water filter on your drinking water.
- Buy natural toothpastes
Take a few simple vitamins. Vitamin C , Zinc and Cod Liver Oil on a daily basis will help to keep your immune system robust.
Avoid dairy foods as they can be very mucus producing. This is mostly for cow products, as many people tolerate goat and sheep products very well, and neither goat nor sheep products tend to be as mucus forming as cow products tend to be for many people.
Rinse and Gargle – during winter a great practice is to do a sinus rinse and throat gargle with a salt water solution every day, even if you do not have any cold or flu symptoms.
Eat only seasonal fruit and vegetables. Mother nature knows how to best increase our stamina for winter, and when you choose to eat seasonal foods, you will be giving your body the foods that are ideal to nourish and support your immune system.