Immune Boosting Tips for Cold Season {+ Giveaway}


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 fall 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 this fall and I have to say that while I did come down with a cold recently, I was able to fight it off rather quickly 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, SmartyPants Vitamins make yummy little gummies that will actually MAKE you want to take your vitamins everyday! 

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SmartyPants Vitamins- Ways to Boost Your Immune System During Cold Season #TheGoodGummy

 

Seriously, these gummies are so good plus they offer a 4 in 1 value since they combine a full multi-vitamin, Omega 3’s, Vitamin D’s plus Vitamin B12! 

This yummy gummy does NOT include high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. YAY! 

I have been taking them for the last several months and combined with eating healthy, exercising and attempting to get enough sleep I have been pretty successful in shortening the one cold that I happened to catch. 

Plus, I have to say that they are pretty yummy.  There aren’t many vitamins that I actually look forward to taking but these happen to be one of them! 

Thankfully SmartyPants is in a giving mood and in keeping with the season of giving they have agreed to give away one bottle of the Adult Multivitamins to one of my lucky readers! 

SmartyPants Vitamins Giveaway #TheGoodGummy

Enter to win using the rafflecopter below! Ends 12/3 at 11:59 PM. 

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Let’s chat!

What tips do you have for boosting your immune system?

Do you take a multivitamin everyday? 

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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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41 Comments

Carla
Reply November 23, 2015

Sharing your post and also I had to add the fact I never get sick. I wonder if it is because I don't drink? And exercise? And am really really boring? :-)

    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    Yay, thank you so much for sharing! :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply November 23, 2015

This smoothie sounds great to me! I'm a sucker for ginger.
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    Ginger is so delicious!

Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply November 23, 2015

My problem with smarty pants vitamins? I eat them like candy! I have no control :D
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    Omg, I know! They're like candy but way better for you!

Carly @ Fitliving blog
Reply November 23, 2015

This smoothie looks delicious! It can be hard to stay healthy sometimes during the holiday season because things get so busy! Those vitamins are like candy... ha!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    Things really do get so busy and yeah, they taste like candy for sure! So yummy!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 23, 2015

Great tips. I'm always on the look out for ways to boost my immune system even more. Thanks for hosting!
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    Thanks so much for linking up! :)

Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
Reply November 23, 2015

Oh I need this smoothie now! I feel like I'm coming down with a cold.
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    I hope you don't get sick!!! Feel better!

Kimberly G
Reply November 23, 2015

You always have the most unique receipes!

    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    I try! ;)

Crystal Renaud
Reply November 23, 2015

Great tips! I want to try that combination smoothie. I love kale and cantaloupe but never thought of putting those two together. I think I am coming down with something, I woke up this morning feeling the dreaded cold. Both my germ infested kids have been sick. So hurrah for me! :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    They are a great combo and OH NO! Hope you're feeling better! Those darn kids are so good at getting us sick!

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply November 23, 2015

These are great tips! I would add maintaining vitamin D levels. They are SO important to immune function and tend to drop in the winter months.
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    YES! Actually that is what my next post for SmartyPants is going to be about! ;)

Sarah
Reply November 23, 2015

I need this in my life! With the remodel and everything going on things are crazy and I'm clearly not getting my ZZZ's, I'm stressed, the kitchen has been torn apart (now back together for the most part for a week and a half and then we have to be out of there for a full week for the flooring) so eating well.... and my body has been holding on to a cold for weeks and this is just not normal for me. Definitely need to make this!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    Oh goodness, sounds like you have been crazy busy! Hope things slow down for you soon and you enjoy Thanksgiving!!!

Michele @ paleorunningmomma
Reply November 23, 2015

I'm never doing quite enough for my immunity so I need a boost. I find that sleep and nutrition can be even more important this time of year.
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    They definitely are!

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply November 23, 2015

Great recipe! I love getting extra vitamin C and adding ginger to my foods this time of year. I seem to get sick as well although I have not yet (knock on wood!).
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    Keep eating the vit C and ginger, gotta stay healthy for the holidays! :)

Beverley @ sweaty&fit
Reply November 23, 2015

getting enough fruit & veggies is probably the easiest one to do and the most important! i love everything about that smoothie, especially the cantaloupe and the ginger. i'm definitely going to sub my morning smoothies for this one
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    Yay! Hope you enjoy! :)

Mary beth Jackson
Reply November 23, 2015

When I up the alcohol intake I up the smoothie ingredients! :) Balance my friend!
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    You speak such knowledge...balance is the name of the game, haha!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply November 23, 2015

I have not been sleeping well lately I hope to catch up this week. Good tips!
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    Thank you! Hope you catch up too!

Heather@hungryforbalance
Reply November 23, 2015

So many great tips! With a toddler and a hubby that works at a local high school, we need all the immune boosting support we can get! I love the sound of this smoothie! I've never used cantaloupe in a smoothie before!
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Sharon
Reply November 23, 2015

Great tips! I agree sleep and exercise is important! The smoothie sounds so good!
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    aelicatese
    Reply November 24, 2015

    Thank you! They are certainly important- when I don't sleep I can feel myself getting sick!

Rachel
Reply November 23, 2015

These are all awesome tips. Definitely limit alcohol. I know people think it doesn't affect health but it does! Even just a glass or two can really inhibit immunity as well as sports performance! Awesome recipe, btw... yum :)
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    It really does have such an affect!!!

dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
Reply November 24, 2015

im with you about cold and flu this season..i generally load up on hot tea.
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    Reply November 24, 2015

    Hot tea is great too! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply November 24, 2015

yes and yes to all of these! If I don't get enough sleep, the whole world starts turning upside down. Okay, okay, I exaggerate. But I don't feel myself!
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Tara
Reply November 25, 2015

So I should blame this stuffy nose on the fact that I've had a glass of wine the last four nights in a row? Was thinking about making it five nights...grapes are so good. :-) I swear I don't have a problem! Haha!
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Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply November 28, 2015

I LOVE these vitamins! Helps me get rid of my sweet craving :) I've been using essential oils during cold and flu season and they really seem to help us!

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