Well, the fall is here! And that means the change of seasons. While the New York fall will look and feel different from the fall in Southern California, the autumn brings cooler temperatures, dryness and wind and, for some places, more rain. This is the season when colds and the flu can take over your life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Is your immune system ready to fight off infectious viruses? Eastern wisdom from Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicines offers effective tips for boosting immunity.
As the temperatures drop:
– Phase out cold raw foods such as salads and smoothies, replace them with soups, stews and roasted root veggies. Fresh seasonal harvest is the nature’s answer to all your body’s needs. It’s time for that apple crumble.
– Add more garlic, mustard seeds, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms and green tea to your meals. These antioxidant and mineral rich foods will support proper immune system functions.
– Make room on the menu, also, for fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, and kombucha. Probiotic supplements are an option, however, the body prefers probiotics from food sources. Since about 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive system, you want to keep your belly happy!
– Staying hydrated is always important, but especially now. If mucus membranes, our first line of defense, get dry they are not as effective in protecting us from pathogens and viruses. Sip on warm water throughout the day, use a neti pot or nasal rinse and nasya oil.
– Replace your lotion with pure oil, such as coconut, sesame or sunflower, to keep the skin nourished and hydrated.
– Another essential weapon against colds and flu is regular exercise. Just 30 minutes a day is enough to reduce stress and get the anti-depressant effect from moderate physical activity.¹ Keep in mind, over exercising or over-working without proper rest will most likely weaken your immune system. According to Dr. Douillard 80% of all chronic health issues are caused by stress.²
Don’t wait until you start sneezing! Use these natural remedies now and you could enjoy this autumn season without a cold, cough, sore throat, or that nasty nasal congestion. Fall is also known as one of the best times to do a cleansing program. Just make sure it is a nourishing nutrient dense cleanse to avoid depleting your body and weakening immune system. Happy Fall!