It’s Still Cold and Flu Season

– Jeannette Northern, guest blogger

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Even with this past week’s warmer weather in the Bay Area, the news keeps reminding us that cold and flu season isn’t over. A close friend of mine just went through the aches, fevers and chills of it this past week, so I’ve been extra vigilant taking some homeopathic remedies and herbs to stay well myself.

We provided you with some prevention insight a few weeks back, but since we still have a ways to go before we’re in the clear for the season, I thought I’d add a few more tips to the list. Many of you have probably already taken extra precautions and had a flu shot, but here are a few suggestions for boosting your immunity even more and staying healthy and well throughout the year:

GET SOME SUN – It’s hard to get a lot of sunlight this time of year, but even just exposing your face at the sunniest time of day helps produce more vitamin D in your body.

Get Some Sun

Check out Shape Magazine’s sun recommendations

DIET – Clean up your diet by drinking more “live” vegetable juice (freshly squeezed) or make warm vegetable soups (like this one or this one) to maximize your nutrient intake. There are also a ton of living nutrients in freshly squeezed veggie juice that will support a healthy immune system.

SPICE IT UP –  Add spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, rosemary, thyme, and cloves, just to name a few, into your cooking. Spices and herbs make our foods taste great and have a multitude of medicinal healing properties. Ginger can ease upset stomachs; rosemary stimulates the immune system; thyme helps chest and respiratory problems, and cloves are known for their antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties.  Take immune-protective herbal tinctures such as garlic, echinacea, osha root and elderberry too.

how to spice up your cooking, and why

VITAMINS and MINERALS – Boost your vitamin E intake. Vitamin E can boost the immune system and it’s readily available in almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes and avocados. Trace minerals like zinc and selenium are important for immune function. A great way to boost your trace minerals intake is to switch to a natural sea salt or a high-mineral salt. Also, just 3 Brazil nuts will get you to your RDA of selenium.

RELAX – Stress can deplete you and compromise your immune system. Try spending quiet time each day thinking thoughts of gratitude, prosperity and wellness.  Try breathing exercises, meditation, massage, a walk in nature, gardening, tai chi, yoga, jin shin jyutsu or other gentle movement practices to slow yourself down.

LAUGH! Laughter is the best medicine, right? Watch comedy movies or spend time with people you enjoy. Laughter boosts immune function and it’s good for your body and mental health. Check out this article to learn more.

Healthy habits, a healthy environment, healthy alternatives and a healthy lifestyle all contribute in keeping you healthy before, during and after the flu and cold season.

Take care and be well!

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