Hand washing is the leading method to protect yourself from cold and flus. It decreases contraction of viruses and
bacteria by as much as 80%. However, most people do not wash their hands properly which may make them susceptible to getting sick. To be effective, hands must be washed 40-60 seconds with soap and warm water. To encourage proper timing, sing the course of your favourite song during washing your hands.
Eat your greens to sneeze no green!
Greens are high in iron, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and magnesium. Iron helps with blood formation and healing. Vitamin C and zinc are necessary in populating white blood cells and boosting your immune system. Magnesium helps with muscle relaxation and stress reduction.
Adaptogens are herbs that are known for modulating an immune system to gentle improve its function. Common adaptogens are licorice (the herb, not the candy), ashwagandha, rhodiola, schisandra, elderberry, and others. Herbs can be taken in tea form, tincture form (liquid) or capsules, and should be taken away from foods. Some herbal tea options can be found at: http://www.maplenaturopath.com/herbs-and-teas
Hydration! Water is essential to all bodily functions, including immune system performance. It is necessary to maintain proper circulation which helps the immune system fight off infections. To make your water more exciting, add in spices and herbs such as cucumber mint, strawberry basil, apple cinnamon, etc.
For the month of November I have made two new teas to help with the flu and cold season. One, Recharge, is to help from getting sick (strengthen the adrenals), and the other, Immune Boost, is to help get well after getting sick (immune system booster).
Feel free to contact me for more info!
Have a healthy and happy November!