That scratch at the back of your throat, headaches, a runny nose or that incessant cough that just won't go away! We have all experienced this, the signs that our body needs its rest and that our immune system needs support. Developing a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet as they are key to giving our body the tools to tackle everyday germs and reduce the risk of illness. Here are some tips you can try today!
Eat a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, iron, and selenium that are essential for the growth and building strong immunity. They can be found in a variety of plant foods such as green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, cruciferous vegetables, berries and tomatoes. Our selection of organic cold pressed juice and booster shots helps you to conveniently add more of those nutrients to your day. Try our Immunity Now! Kit to help kick the sniffles.
Drink plenty of water. Avoid fizzy drinks that are high in simple sugars, instead opt for adding lemon or lime juice to a glass of water, vegetable juice, smoothies, kombucha or coconut water for an extra boost in hydration.
Avoid eating foods that are highly inflammatory such as deep fried foods, cold cut meats, refined grains, candies, and chips. Choose healthy meals and snacks that are nutrient dense and nourishing to the body.
Maintain a healthy gut by consuming foods rich in probiotics, fibre and complex carbs. The majority of our immune system resides in the gut so it is essential to incorporate into your daily diet to support healthy digestion and immune function. Probiotic foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented vegetables, tempeh,kombucha and miso. Prebiotic foods such as chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, raw garlic, onions, leeks, flax seeds, chia seeds, apples, and oats.
Consume herbs and spices that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to support the immune system such as oregano, holy basil, echinacea, astragalus, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and black elderberry. You can also try the Beekeeper's Naturals Propolis Throat Relief to help nip that scratchy throat and runny nose in the bud!
Maintain a healthy lifestyle that’s inclusive of good nutrition, exercise, good quality sleep, managing stress, and hydration, all of these are essential to improve your body’s defences for maintaining good health.
Written By Nidhi Desai, CNP Nidhi is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and a Metabolic Balance Coach. She graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, Mississauga, ON. She strongly believes that one can heal if they are persistent and committed to change their eating habits, lifestyle, environment and of course by taking therapeutic supplements. Her focus now is to educate, support and guide her clients to reach and maintain their specific health goals.