Keeping our bodies strong and able to adapt to the changing tides of viral mutation is ultimately the best we can do to prevent colds and flus in the winter. Additionally, restoring oneself in the cold, dark season will prepare us for a healthier spring and summer to come.
Simple steps include:
-Maintaining optimal nutrition with a whole foods diet and vitamin supplementation. Avoid cold and raw foods in the wintertime to maintain the body’s internal warmth. Ginger tea can be especially helpful to keep digestion strong.
-Get regular exercise. The best detoxification is warming the body through exercise.
-Rest whenever your body requires it. Sleep extra hours whenever you’re starting to feel run down. Indulge in napping to aid restoration.
-Explore home remedies for immune support. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. Lemon water daily can aid detoxification. Ending showers with cold water helps preserve and restore energy, etc…
-Work with a Naturopath and/or Chinese Medicine practitioner to support your organ systems to ensure optimal function.
Winter Immune Boost Stew
Support yourself this winter with warm soups filled with immune boosting herbs and spices.
1 lb. cubed lamb meat
2 cups shitake mushrooms
2 cups barley or quinoa
1 cup chopped scallions
3 cloves chopped garlic
1-2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
6 cups filtered water
Salt and pepper to taste.
Brown meat on a skillet. Saute scallions and garlic. Add all ingredients
together, boil, then simmer for 90 min.