Winter is almost here, and that means less light, less outdoor time and more time inside in recirculated air breathing each other’s germs. Add to that the Thanksgiving pie, Halloween candies and Christmas cookies and your immune system may not always get what it needs to fight the good fight and keep you healthy.
The team at StoneTree spends a lot of time taking care of our own immune systems to make sure we don’t miss of a day of caring for our patients. (And we rarely do!)
Here is what we do here at the clinic to keep our immune systems strong.
We’ve said it before and we will say it again: eat foods that nature makes, not too much, and mostly plants. The StoneTree team eats lots of big salads, green smoothies and fresh fruits. No time to make it yourself? Check out the StoneTree juice at Press Juice Co!
Get lots of rest
The holiday season lends itself to burning the candle at both ends. Late nights partying, shopping, wrapping. Anxiety about gifts and family events. Eating too much and too late. It all interrupts sleep, or reduces it’s effectiveness. Do your best to get to bed as early as possible and give yourself lots of rest – especially if you feel a cold coming on.
Exercise (especially outside)
Moving your body means moving your blood. This is turn moves your immune system around making it strong and more able to respond to invaders.
Use Tools to Boost Your Immune System and Fight Infection
As naturopathic doctors, we’re exposed to sick people all the time. When we feel a tickle in the back of the throat we use our own tools to nip it in bud right away.
Herbs like echinacea, oregano, andrographis and vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc, work to boost the immune system and kick out colds and flus. Intravenous Vitamin C for viral infections or once a month as a preventative and inhaled glutathione for coughs are also great tools.
Getting a good check up from your ND can help determine the best individual plan of attack to strengthen your immune system. Doing it before you get sick can help us help you stay that way!