The person on the plane just sneezed on you? Your co worker has been coughing all week? Your child has a cold….again. Yeah, chances are you’ve been exposed to the pesky fall bugs and viruses that are all to common at this time of year.
Cold & flu season is definitely here and this is about the time everyone begins looking for ways to boost their immune system. Part of preventing illness is being good to our bodies and being proactive in how we care for ourselves. Try these tips this season to keep your immune system functioning optimally.
1. Eat WellNow is the time to be a bit more mindful about your food choices. Foods have the ability to increase inflammation levels in the body and thus decrease our immune system from functioning optimally. Alcohol, processed foods, sugar and any foods you have a sensitivity to are best left out. Focus instead on plenty of vegetables and high quality protein.
2. Rest & RelaxThis time of year brings along lots of parties, celebrations and late nights. Opt for a night in and aim for at least 7 (8-9 is better!) hours of sleep per night. If you're struggling with getting enough sleep, try natural herbs such as passionflower, valerian, chamomile and lavender to help you get that nourishing rest your body needs.
3. Wash Your HandsSeems simple, right? That 20-second scrub with warm water and soap can be the difference between a weekend in bed or a weekend with friends. No sink? Opt for a alcohol based hand sanitizer, rather than an antibacterial one. Why? Antibacterial ones contain chemicals that disrupt your hormones.
4. Exercise.Give yourself a daily 15 minutes to keep your immune system in shape. If you’re feeling sick, take it easy and rest, resume when you feel better. Some suggestions for easy ways to get in exercise: take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further from the store entrance in order to walk more, clean the house (that is right, scrub those base boards), play outside with your children.
5. Get Your Vitamin D.Sunshine is a scarce commodity in the winter, which is why having your blood levels tested and supplementing appropriately is so important. In general Vitamin D3 can be supplemented at 2,000 IU daily for adults as a maintenance dose. However when sick higher doses may be recommended. Not sure what dose you should be on, be sure to talk to your Naturopathic Doctor!
Are you getting sick frequently? Are you currently sick and cant shake the bug? Are you doing all of the above but want to do more to protect yourself from cold and flu season? Book in with our Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Cassandra Connolly for a tailored immune plan to help you and your family steer clear of those pesky bugs this season!
Dr. Cassandra Connolly,