The benefits of fall fashions, cozy movie nights, and magically falling leaves always outweigh the negatives of the season, being ill. Taking flu shots and loading up on sanitizer are not the only ways to fight off germs. CGD believes, that boosting your immune system is the best way to prevent the onset of cold and flu viruses so here are a few tips to protect you from getting ill this season.
#1 Start the day with a smoothie
Health professionals suggest we start our day with smoothies full of healthy fats such as almond or coconut milk, avocado, or almond butter; and berries, chia seeds, and a protein powder. Not only will a great smoothie fill you up for the day, but it’ll give you a great immune boost for the coming season!
#2 Take your vitamins
If you take multivitamins daily then you are a step ahead of the rest. On the other hand, if you are trying to boost your immune system for fall be sure you are getting a healthy dose of Vitamin C and Zinc. Although it is not the cure for the common cold, Vitamin C is believed to protect us against immune system deficiencies and even skin wrinkling (sold!). Zinc is known to shorten the duration of a cold – should you feel one coming on. If you are not a fan of supplements, foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, oysters, nuts, and beans have powerful immune-boosting effects as well.
#3 Load up on probiotics
Probiotics, live active cultures found in yogurt, are “good” bacteria that help reduce inflammation and prevent infection. They are also linked to reducing the severity of cold and flu with a suggested two 6 ounce servings a day. 75% of your immune system is found in your stomach, therefore a strong immune system relies heavily on having a healthy and well-functioning one. In addition, “fermented foods”, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir support bacterial health. Sounds gross but actually they’re not bad!
#3 Eat your vegetables
It’s true! Eating food high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, can boost your overall health and help protect you from viruses and flu germs. Dark leafy greens, berries, salmon, and sweet potatoes help build up your immune system’s defenses and consuming citrus fruits will help clear out cold/flu viruses quickly. Five cups of fruits and veggies a day is recommended.
Shedding calories and maintaining an exercise regimen this season can reduce your risk of wintertime sniffles. 20-30 minutes of daily physical activity can cause a highly effective boost in your immune system, as well as keep the winter fifteen off. Keep your workouts moderate as intensive training during fall/winter months can actually increase your risk of illness.