I love fall, but I could do without the colds and flu that come with it! It can be especially difficult if you have compromised health, have young children who bring home a medley of germs or are under work/life stress.
Lifestyle balance has the biggest effect on supporting natural immunity. Get optimal sleep, exercise, manage your stress and eat a healthful diet. If you want some additional help to stay healthy this fall and winter, choose from this list of my top natural immune boosters:
Nutrient-rich diet: include immune boosting foods such as colorful plant foods, brazil nuts, bone broth, garlic and fermented foods. Reduce sugar as it has a suppressive effect on the immune system.
- Fish oil provides omega 3 essential fatty acids which are important for a strong immune system. Omega 3’s counter inflammation and can be especially important for individuals with allergies or asthma.
- are the healthy bacteria that live in the gut. Considering that the majority of the immune system surrounds the gut, it comes as no surprise that healthy bacteria balance supports immunity. A Cochrane review found probiotics help to prevent upper respiratory infections, and other studies have confirmed an anti-inflammatory and immune-balancing effect.
- Optimal Sleep: getting adequate sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give your immune system, especially during times of stress. Your body restores itself while you sleep.
- prepared with lots of onions and garlic, as well as fresh ginger root tea with lemon and honey.
Dr. Shannon Sarrasin is a naturopathic doctor at Flourish Naturopathic.
Flourish Naturopathic offers 1 hour “Immune Boost Consults” for adults and children to give you an individualized plan for supporting your immune system.
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