Winter is typically a refreshing time of year that many eagerly await. The colder temperatures, many places have beautiful blankets of snow over the landscape, seasonal festivities with family and friends, and the anticipation of a brand-new year right around the corner. Along with all of these great things, colds and the flu are also rampant. 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, cayenne pepper, and essential oils.
Make sure you’re getting these vitamins. Citrus, bell peppers, dark green vegetables, and berries are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Even with the chilly weather, it’s important to get outside in the sun for about 20 minutes each day without sunscreen. It’s a great way to get the vitamin D your body needs, and a few minutes of fresh air always boosts your mood and energy levels!
Stay hydrated. When our bodies are dehydrated, it’s much easier for us to become susceptible to illnesses. You can always add a wedge of lemon to your water to give it more flavor, plus you’ll get more vitamin C. That’s a total win-win situation.
Get sleep. 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. Allowing your body to detoxify during deep sleep will help boost your immune system even if you encounter other people that are battling an illness.
Get moving. Staying active is one of the best ways to benefit your body overall, but it also helps keep your immune system strong. Go for a walk after lunch even if you only have 10 minutes. It will help your body fight off illness.
No one likes getting sick so reduce your chances of being bed-ridden by being proactive about your health right now! Personally, I use my essential oils every day. They’re a natural and effective way for me to help support my immune system, boost my mood and energy levels, and provide a variety of ways to combat health issues.
Do you use essential oils for natural health support? If you want to learn more about natural alternatives for health and wellness, schedule a time on my calendar for a Wellness Consult.