Support Your Immunity During the Winter Months
As the winter months are approaching and the snow begins to cover the ground, there seems to be a wave of sickness that circulates in the air. It is extremely important to support your immune system in order to keep it healthy during this sniffly season! Let me tell you a few tips and tricks to boost your immunity!
Step 1: Probiotics
That’s right! Believe it or not, there is a really strong connection between your immune system and your microbiome. In fact, most of your immune system lies within your microbiome! In addition, probiotics promote growth of beneficial bacteria in your intestines and as a result they help to strengthen the gut wall. Why is this important? Well by strengthening the gut wall your body is able to keep the toxic bacteria in the gut, until you are able to excrete it out in a safe manner. You don’t have to worry about the toxic bacteria circulating and causing an inflammatory response.
Step 2: Optimize Your Nutrition
Just as you would expect, your immune system can be very sensitive to changes in the way you eat. When you fuel your body with nutrient dense foods that are jam packed with vitamins and antioxidants, your immune system will love you.
During flu season, be sure to eat plenty of leafy greens, organic antioxidant rich berries and delicious soups featuring healing bone broths! Another addition to the diet is healthy fat. This means omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat is anti-inflammatory and can help to promote good immune function. Try adding wild caught fish, avocados and walnuts to your diet daily as just a few examples of some healthy fats.
Step 3: Chillax
The winter months can be particularly stressful with the holidays and additional traveling. Increased stress over long periods of time can weaken the immune system. Ever think about when you are working on a difficult work project or go through a season of immense stress, just to finally come out of it all and endure a terrible cold? This means the immune system has been weakened. With the flu going around and high stress levels, resilience to catching a bug can certainly go down. Try to take time and rest during these months. Make sleep a priority and set aside a few minutes daily to just slow down and sit in solitude!