10 Tips to Stay Healthy this Winter

I’m keeping this posting short and sweet. I give most of my patients these simple and easy to follow 10 tips to boost your immune system to prevent illness. Most of the below guidelines should help almost anyone stay healthy and strong. If you happen to get sick, you can heal quicker by following some of my go-to tricks.

 

1-More water. Drink half your weight (in pounds) in ounces. Most people don’t drink enough, causing fatigue, sugar cravings, and more.

  • Add lemon to your water for vitamin C, increase absorption of water, stimulate digestion, nourish yin
  • 1-2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar per day in water or salad dressing

 

2-Organic as much as possible. Otherwise, you’re eating pesticides, steroids, and antibiotics, which weak your immunity and cause countless illnesses.

 

3. Eat plenty of greens and root veggies. 2/3 of your plate should be veggies. The chlorophyll in spinach, dill, kale, parsley, cilantro, sprouts, cabbage, wheatgrass, seaweed, celery, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and green tea aid detoxifies the blood reduces inflammation, remove toxic heavy metals, and strengthens the immune system.

 

4- Eat or drink ginger, garlic, and/or turmeric daily. They boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, have natural antibiotic/antiviral components, and reduce nausea.

 

5- Eliminate dairy from your diet. Dairy increases mucus production, weakens your immunity, and is NOT good for your bones.

 

6- Minimize caffeine and sugar (non-fruit sources). Caffeine increases your stress levels, which reduce your immunity. Sugar weakens your immunity.  Bacteria loves to feed on sugar.

 

7- Vitamin D3. Ideally, you want to consume about between 400 and 4,000 IU per day depending on your age. A great trick is put mushrooms in the sun for 15 minutes as it increases their Vitamin D content. You may have to take a supplement in winter. Please check with your physician.

 

8 Vitamin C You need about 100mg unless you’re sick. The foods highest in C include, pepper, guava, leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, berries, citrus, tomato, peas, and papaya.

 

9- Probiotics. Eating healthy bacteria through food and taken a supplement when necessary not only prevents getting sick, it also boosts your mood. Bonus!

 

10-B complex. Getting a high dose of your B vitamins reduces stress and increases your energy levels naturally.

 

See how easy it is to prevent illness and be in top form? Give these a try this winter and through out there. Let me know how you feel after a month.

 

Live natural. Live well.

 

Heather

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