Updated: Nov 15
As the crisp air of fall settles in, it's the perfect time to fortify your defenses and embrace the season with a resilient immune system.
Keep the sniffles at bay!
Fuel your body with a rainbow of nutrient-rich foods, loading up on vibrant fruits and vegetables to provide the essential vitamins and antioxidants it craves. Embrace the outdoors and soak in the natural vitamin D from sunlight, even in cooler temperatures. Prioritize restful sleep to allow your body the time it needs for rejuvenation and repair. Hydrate generously with warm teas and nourishing broths to keep your internal systems thriving. Regular exercise is not just for summer; it's a year-round immunity booster, so find activities that bring you joy and keep you moving. Finally, don't forget the power of a positive mindset – laughter, gratitude, and stress management are vital components of a holistic approach to immune health.
This fall, let your commitment to wellness be as vibrant as the autumn foliage, and watch as your immune system flourishes in the face of the changing seasons.
10 Immune Supporting Supplements for the Changing Season
Here's my lineup of immune boosting super-hero's and recommendations to keep you thriving through the changing season.
Vitamin C: Known for its immune-boosting properties, vitamin C can help combat colds and flu. Citrus fruits, strawberries, and supplements are excellent sources.
Vitamin D: With reduced sunlight in the fall and winter, supplementing with vitamin D becomes crucial for immune health. Consider a daily dose to support your body's natural defenses.
Zinc: An essential mineral that plays a key role in immune function. Foods like nuts, seeds, and legumes, or zinc supplements, can contribute to a robust immune system.
Echinacea: Widely used in herbal remedies, echinacea is believed to enhance the immune system. It's available in various forms, including teas, capsules, and extracts.
Probiotics: Gut health is closely linked to the immune system. Probiotics, found in yogurt or supplements, promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
Garlic: A natural immune booster with antimicrobial properties. Incorporate fresh garlic into your meals or consider garlic supplements.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil and flaxseed, omega-3s help reduce inflammation and support immune function.
Elderberry: Known for its antiviral properties, elderberry supplements or syrups can be beneficial in preventing or reducing the severity of colds and flu.
Turmeric: The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, making it a valuable supplement for immune support.
Quercetin: A flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, quercetin has antioxidant properties that may help support the immune system. It can also be taken in supplement form.
Remember, it’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements regimen to ensure they are suitable for your individual health needs and conditions.
Immunity Boosting Tea Recipe
1 cup hot water
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey (adjust to taste)
Juice of half a lemon
Boil water and pour it into a cup.
Add the sliced ginger and minced garlic to the hot water.
Let it steep for about 5-7 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
Strain out the ginger and garlic if desired, or leave them in for a stronger taste.
Stir in honey to sweeten the tea, adjusting to your preferred sweetness.
Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon for a vitamin C boost.
Stir well and sip on this immune-boosting tea to keep yourself warm and well-supported.
Feel free to adjust the ingredients and proportions based on your taste preferences. Enjoy the nourishing benefits of this homemade immunity tea!
Feel Good All Season!
Think of this as your personal health adventure, where each supplement and wholesome choice is a step towards a thriving, energetic you. So, let’s embark on this uplifting journey together – a season of health, vitality, and radiant well-being!
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