The colder temperatures, the beautiful blankets of snow over the landscape, the festivities with family and friends, and the anticipation of a brand-new year can be an exciting time. But along with these great things, cold and flu bugs are also lurking. It can often feel like germs surround you anywhere you go this time of year, but by boosting your immunity, you'll be less susceptible to catching those colds. Here are a few of my favorite natural ways to boost my immunity during the colder months:
Eat harmoniously. Eating whole foods, especially locally-sourced ingredients, is best for maximum nutrients, flavor, and freshness. For big flavors that boost immunity, make sure you cook with immunity-strengthening items like garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.
Get your vitamins. Citrus, bell peppers, dark green vegetables, and berries are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Even with the cold weather, it's important to get outside in the sun for a few minutes as often as possible. It’s a great way to get the vitamin D your body needs, and fresh air always boosts your mood and energy level.
Stay hydrated. When our bodies are dehydrated, it’s much easier for us to become susceptible to illness. Add a wedge of lemon to give hot or cold water more flavor, plus you’ll get more vitamin C -- a win-win.
Get those Z’s. In a society that tends to run themselves ragged, take the time to get your rest and rejuvenate. You’ll be less likely to get sick if you sleep 7 to 8 hours a night, even if you come into contact with the people that are battling an illness.
Get moving. Exercise is one of the best ways to benefit your body overall, but it also helps keep your immune system strong. Even if you only have time for a 10-minute walk after lunch, take it. It will help your body fight off illness.
No one likes getting sick so reduce your chances of being bed-ridden by washing your hands and being proactive about your health right now! And, speaking of movement, sign up for my newest challenge by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Winter Walk and Wellness Challenge Series starts soon!
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.