Fall is coming to a close, and winter is just around the corner. This year’s change in season doesn’t have to be an invitation for infection, though. Now is the perfect time to prepare yourself for the upcoming cold/flu season. Here are a few tips for boosting your immune system and staying healthy.
Remove harmful foods from your diet. Remove foods from your diet that are difficult to digest and loaded with toxins. These foods can damage your inner ecosystem of beneficial bacteria, which makes up about 70% of your immune system. By removing these “toxic triggers” you can support the immune system and allow the body to function optimally.
Foods to remove:
- processed foods
Restore your body. Restore your body by consuming necessary nutrients and healthy foods that support beneficial gut flora, and embrace a few simple lifestyle habits to repair and strengthen your immune system.
Here are a few tips:
- Nourish your body with a wide variety of whole foods and fresh, seasonal produce in your diet, such as butternut squash, kale, cauliflower, sprouts, and apples—all plentiful in the winter months.
- Increase beneficial bacteria with probiotic supplements, easily found in your local health food store, and fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir.
- Keep well-hydrated with 10-12 glasses of water daily.
- Get moving with at least 20 minutes of daily, gentle-to-moderate exercise in order to keep lymph flowing.
- Stay rested with 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Most routine cleansing and repair work happens while you’re asleep, so don’t skimp on your shut-eye.
- Remember to breathe. Even 5 minutes a day of sitting quietly and paying attention to the breath can greatly reduce stress levels. Also, be sure to breathe deeply all day long.
Rejuvenate your system. A full cleanse will rid your body of toxins, and help repair the gut. The Clean Program, which can be found at www.cleanprogram.com, is a great way to boost your body’s natural defenses against cold or flu.
My 21-day program expands on the key points listed above by adding in liquid meals and using targeted supplemental support to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Not only will the cleanse have you feeling good, but it will help you to establish long-term habits to keep you feeling great throughout the winter months.
Cold weather doesn’t have to mean catching a cold. Boost your immune system now so you can stay healthy and happy all year round.
For more information, please check out Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself.