Getting sick in the late fall can feel totally inevitable and out of our control. But the truth is there are a few key behaviors that really help us to stay well and immune to the office cold or school flu.
Spend an hour this week stocking up and making plans to stay strong this season. The first key is simply to pay attention – when your body begins feeling run down, don’t ignore it – get that bit of extra rest or TLC!
Get More + Better Vitamin C
Vitamin C might seem like a boring immunity tip, but it simply can’t be underestimated! Vitamin C is essential for strong immunity. (It’s also great for your skin.) As a key antioxidant utilized for preventing damage to our organs and glands, benefit from vitamin C, by supplementing with whole-food complexes, not isolated synthetic ones. We love lypospheric for this. LEARN MORE HERE
Embrace Essential Oils
Diffusing essential oils helps us stay calm and positive so our sensitive systems can thrive (the direct link between stress and immunity is pretty amazing). Ingesting oils is even more powerful: Oregano oil is one of the most potent antimicrobials around. During cold and flu season we absolutely depend on it to keep immunity consistently high! LEARN MORE HERE + HERE
Cook with Bone Broth
Bone broth provides a wealth of nutrients that are easy to digest and are known to rebuild and rejuvenate the system while facilitating healing in even the most complicated of cases. It contains both anti-inflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats for rebuilding strength, and highly bioavailable minerals that are the building blocks for immunity. LEARN MORE HERE
Drink Warm Lemon Water
Start every morning with a glass of lemon water, especially during those times when our immune systems are most vulnerable. Not only does lemon help alkalize our bodies and cleanse it of toxins, but it offers an extra hit of vitamin C that’s essential for staying bright and healthy. LEARN MORE HERE
Take (Ginger) Shots
Whether you’ve come down with the latest bug or simply want to add a boost to your daily detox, immunity shots provide a concentrated dose of anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting ingredients that fight the effects of everything from hangovers to the start of a cold. We take a ginger shot at the first sign of an immunity slump. You can make your own with this recipe, or snag a few of our pre-made favorites from your local Pressed Juicery. LEARN MORE HERE
Gnaw on Raw Garlic
This is as old-fashioned and potent as it gets: Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. We swear we’ve knocked out the early onset of a cold with whole raw cloves – extreme, but worth it. For colds and flus, it also provides decongestant and expectorant effects, vitamin C, and a slew of enzymes and minerals such as sulphur and selenium that help boost immunity and kill cold bugs before they get cozy. LEARN MORE HERE
Soak Up Some Sun
Vitamin D is a main source of fuel for our white blood cells, our body’s first line of defense against pathogens (whether bacteria, virus, or fungus). So in order to prevent illness, we need vitamin D supplements. Our bodies can make vitamin D from sunlight, but not nearly enough for optimal health, especially as we start spending more time indoors. LEARN MORE HERE