5 Immune Boosting Tips for Cold Season


It’s that time of the year again.  No, I’m not referring to the holidays, I’m talking about cold and flu season.  Ew. 

Without fail, every winter I get sick.  Sore throat, stuffy nose, cough…ya know, the works.  It has gotten even worse since becoming a mom but that’s just the nature of the job.  You cuddle to cure their colds all while getting sneezed and coughed on in the process making avoiding the germs nearly impossible.  

While shielding yourself entirely from the germs might not be realistic, there are some things that you can do to help boost your immune system and hopefully give your body some ammo to fight back. 

That is exactly what I have been doing in the last few weeks and I have to say that while I am currently overcoming a cold, it was rather short lived with the help of these few simple tips:

Get enough sleep. 

Sleep.  Yes, harder said than done but sleep really is essential for our immune system to function properly.  Sleep deprivation can really do a number on our immune system.  It leads to stress which then impairs the ability of the immune system to fight off infection the way it’s supposed to.  Getting a good 6-8 hours of sleep a day really does the immune system a world of good! 😉 

Exercise. 

Okay, sometimes fitting in exercise requires cutting back on the Zzz’s but if you can find a way to fit in it, even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day while still logging enough hours of satisfactory sleep then exercise is another great way to keep your immune system happy.  

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Skip the booze. 

Not trying to be a party pooper here but if you really want your immune system to function properly then cutting back on the booze is a good idea.  I know, I am all for a glass of wine or two but when you’re up against all the germs that are going around, limiting alcohol consumption is really the way to go if you want to stay healthy. 

Eat your fruits and veggies. 

Getting your daily serving of fruits and veggies is an obvious suggestion but not always the easiest thing to do.  One way to ensure that you incorporate them into your diet is with an immune boosting smoothie.  

Melon Zinger Immune Boosting Smoothie with cantaloupe, kale, hemp seeds and ginger

 

This recipe is one that might seem a little odd given the combination of cantaloupe and kale but they both are rich in Vitamin C which helps to shorten the length and severity of cold symptoms. It is also low histamine approved and adapted from a low histamine smoothie eBook that I downloaded a few months ago.  

MELON ZINGER IMMUNE BOOSTING SMOOTHIE RECIPE


 RECIPE

Adapted from Super Nutrient Smoothies 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup diced cantaloupe 
  • 1/2 cup chopped kale 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 2 tsp hemp seeds
  • 2 inches fresh grated ginger 

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  
  2. Top with additional hemp seeds and enjoy! 

Take your vitamins.

Finally, if you really want to give your immune system a guaranteed boost, make sure you take your multi-vitamins.  While sometimes that can feel like a chore, there are yummy options out there including SmartyPants Vitamins  that will actually MAKE you want to take your vitamins everyday! 

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Let’s chat!

What tips do you have for boosting your immune system?


 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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