We’ve often get questions about what to do to keep the immune system strong during the cold and flu season.
So here’s what we have to share . . .
Diet. The more healthy foods you infuse into your diet, the stronger your immune system will be. Diet can definitely help with prevention and/or at least lessen the severity of symptoms should you contract anything.
So pile on the colorful fruits, veggies, good fats, clean proteins, mushrooms and wholesome carbs to give your immune system more to work with. Our best tip here is to “eat the rainbow.” Look for as much color and variety as you possibly can. As we like to say, paint your plate!
Supplements: There are a few favorites we use to support the immune system and improve activity against viruses.
- A good basic multi like Designs for Health Twice Daily, which will also contain Vitamin D, A, K2, zinc, selenium and other vitamins and minerals all good for immune)
- Mushroom caps or powder, 1-3 caps/tsp per day (anything from Host Defense, Stamets 7 good choices)
- Liposomal vitamin C: 2000-5,000 a day or to bowel tolerance. If you can’t find liposomal, try one made from tapioca starch (rather than from GMO corn as most are).
All of these supplements are available in our online dispensary at 20% off. Additionally, other supplements you are taking may be on there too. So check it out, but always check with your doctor first.
Sleep is a major way our body resets & rejuvenates itself, and the immune system is no exception to this. So please be sure to prioritize your sleep. Looking for sleep and overall relaxation help? We put together these specific essential oil products to help support you overall. We love these products and use them daily to support our health.
Stress can wreak havoc on the immune system. Do everything you can to limit your intake of news 24/7. Chronic stress heightens the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), which raises cortisol and weakens immunity.
- Instead, activate your parasympathetic by listening to relaxing music, catching up on guilty pleasure reading, playing the piano, knitting, drawing, breathing (see below), meditating . . . or inhaling a relaxing scent. Did you know that our olfactory system (sense of smell) is directly linked to our limbic system, the part of our brain that deals with emotions? Therefore a quick whiff can calm you down in a jif.
- The Breathe App is a fabulous tool to help reduce stress. Deep breathing takes your nervous system from a sympathetic (fight or flight) state to a parasympathetic (rest and digest) state. The app guides you through several types of breathing methods and makes it so easy to incorporate into your day. We highly recommend it! You can check it out HERE.
It’s comforting to know that these are things you DO have control over, so take advantage and be as proactive as you can. Put any positive spin on the situation that you possibly can.
Be sure to check out our healthy nourishing recipes! We’ve got lots for you right HERE.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jane and Stephanie, creators of PM Meal Mastery, help women over 50 go from overweight, frustrated, and inflamed to lighter and healthier so they can be more active, feel good in their body, and live the second half of life with energy and confidence. Their 3-pronged approach, which can fit into any lifestyle, encompasses not only wholesome energizing foods but powerful habit and mindset shifts.
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