How to Boost Your Immune System to Stay Healthy This Fall & Winter!

 1. Take time for yourself. 
The holidays will soon begin, starting with Thanksgiving. This Period can often be stressful as we think about buying gifts for everyone and visiting so many people. We have to remember to take care of ourselves first....Take some time to go for long walks,  try a new fitness class. Or just sit down to think with deep breathing every now again to clear your mind and destress.

2. Boost your vitamin D intake.
Our bodies absorb vitamin D through our skins' exposure to the sun, so with the shorter days and less sunlight its easy to become deficient in vitamin D, particularly if you have darker skin. But, it's important to be sure we are getting enough. 

Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health and immune function to help fight of illness and help us beat sickness faster. Symptoms of low Vitamin D include, frequent illness, hair loss, fatigue, back pain, and weak bones. Some Vitamin D rich foods include salmon and other fatty fish, dairy products, eggs, and beef liver. Eat up! But if your doctor tells you, you are low in vitamin they may recommend you purchase some vitamin D capsules.

3. Keep moving. With shorter days, it is easy to get lazy. But try to stay motivated and get moving to prevent from packing on the pounds. Try something new like a fall hikes or outdoor run to take in the beautiful scenery of fall leaves. Or simply make the effort to hit the gym and schedule your gym time weekly like a doctors appointment. After all movement is medicine 😉

4. Drink more Tea.  Not only does tea especially green tea boost your metabolism aiding in fat loss, but it can help you beat a cold. Most teas are filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help to scavenge free radicals in our body. 


With the fluctuating weather and cooler temperatures of the fall leading to winter our bodies are more susceptible to viruses. Drinking tea can help fight this and keep you warm in the cooler temps. Check my article HERE on the top 10 African teas to drink to boost your immune system.

5. Get a flu shot. It’s flu season. Flu though common every year roughly 30,000 people die in US annually. So particularly if you work with populations more susceptible to illness like elderly and kids, it’s important to protect yourself and those around you. If you do get the flu, they you increase your risk to getting other viruses as well.

6. Wash your hands frequently. Research shows that the number one way to control the spread of disease is frequent hand washing. When washing your hands you should do so for at least 20 seconds. If water and soap is not available then using an alcohol base hand sanitizer is okay until water can be found.

 Now with the advent of the coronavirus which is also thought to spread through the air, it is recommended to wear a mask when leaving your home, avoid large gatherings and remain at least 6 feet from others. 

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