Here is a topic close to my heart at the moment. My precious Mr 5 yrs old has had a cold and has spent some time this week coughing over me. Great.
Now I’m sick and he is getting better!! My head feels fuzzy and breathing is a challenge with the sinuses so blocked. Oh and my throat hurts. So – what am I doing about it – Drinking lots of water; I’ve upped my Vit C (I take the Naturopath’s Own one – a practitioner’s strength blend – available from me); also taking stress off – organising easy meals for family, and getting rest. Planning on being better for the weekend!!!
“Cold and Flu” season is right around the corner, and it seems that everywhere you go you run into someone sneezing or coughing! How can you boost your immunity so you can stay healthy this Autumn and Winter? Getting sick is not only uncomfortable, but it also impacts your productivities, your energy level and even your relationship (have you ever got snappy because you have a sore throat or a headache?
If you have kids, I am sure you can relate how hard it is not to get sick from those little slimy hands – they are like petri dish on legs! Do you know that on average, school-age kids experience eight to ten colds a year? Let’s say you have two children, and the average cold lasts for 10 days, and each of the two parents get half of their colds. So you have (8+8+4+4) x 10=240 days of someone possibly being sick in your household – that’s is more than half the year!!
Immunity Boosting Foods
Add some common yet nutritious foods to your diet. They have high immunity boosting nutrients (e.g. vitamins A, B, and C, zinc), anti-viral and/or anti-bacterial properties:
- Yoghurt (ideally plain yoghurt as added sugar can suppress immunity) – probiotics help strengthen immune system.
- Pumpkin seeds – high in zinc and omega-3, both essential for a healthy immune system.
- Cold water fish – good source of protein and omega-3.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes – they are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
- Ground seeds, lentils, beans and whole grains – good source of B vitamins and protein.
- Ginger – has anti-viral properties.
- Garlic – has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- Honey (raw) –has anti-viral properties – is great in Lemon and Honey hot drinks.
- Green tea –has anti-viral properties.
- Drinks lots of water.
Bonus tips: avoid sugar and alcohol, both of which can weaken your immune system.