I love the holiday season – spending time with family and friends and feeling all of that holiday love.

But sometimes enjoying all of this holiday love has us burning the candle at both ends- leaving us susceptible to viruses, colds and flu.

How do we show our immune system love, amid all of the holiday cheer?

  1. Sleep. Get your zzzs.
  2. Breathe. Stretch. Relax. Paint! Snowshoe! Anything that reduces stress for you.
  3. Keep up those good eating habits! Be sure to include a rainbow assortment of veggies (think Vitamin C and Beta Carotene!), fresh herbs, nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, homemade bone broth(!) – and remember to include a protein source with each meal.
  4. Check your Vitamin D level and consider supplementation through the winter if indicated.
  5. Do include a probiotic supplement or probiotic containing foods – Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir and miso all fit this bill!
  6. Do include immune boosting foods such as onions and garlic, ginger, turmeric, raw honey (only if not pregnant) and mushrooms.
  7. Did I mention rest?
  8. And enjoy!

Happy holidays to all of you!

Warmly,

Erin

 

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