Give yourself a fighting chance against infection this winter by following this immunity boosting guide! It's amazing how much you can fortify your body against infection by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
1. Veges veges veges!
We know this probably isn't the first time that someone has talked to you about the importance of eating your greens - but now really is the time to try to eat as many immunity-enhancing vegetables as you can! The brighter the vegetable, the more jam-packed with antioxidants it is, so make sure your dinner plate is always as vibrant as possible. Mushrooms, especially shitake and reishi varieties, boost your immunity and have antiviral properties that are perfect to help fight infection at this time of year. Anything from the Brassica family will be brilliant in arming you against illness - embrace as much broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts into your life as possible.
2. Try to find lots of time to relax
Although it's harder to find sometimes - do try to make sure that you soak in some sunlight during the winter months. Your body will thank you for risking the cold for the sake of some much needed Vitamin D. Even though the days are shorter, it's still important that you give yourself some down time. When your stress levels are high, your body can become depleted of essential nutrients and will be more susceptible to infections. Take a moment to yourself each day - or better yet, try a little yoga, tai chi or meditation to help with stress management.
3. Try some supplements
Sometimes, when the winter odds are stacked against you, there's no harm in giving yourself a leg-up on the competition. At Commonsense Organics we have a huge range of herbal and nutritional supplements that may help to boost your immunity and help you to fight when infection takes hold:
Astralagus is traditionally used in Chinese Medicine as an immune tonic but now is often used in Western medicine for treating chronic immune deficiency. It is helpful to take when you are feeling run down and may help your body to fight off infections before they take hold.
Echinacea is well known for it's powerful immune strengthening properties - it may help your body fight infections and also can aid lymphatic function for when you have swollen glands. It's best to take only when you feel yourself getting sick.
Propolis is a substance used by bees to prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive - try it in a lozenge, a throat spray or a tincture for soothing a sore throat.