UPDATE: This post originally ran on December 3rd 2013 but with the frigid weather we’ve been having lately, we found ourselves in need of these natural remedies!
I’m the kind of person who is bound to get one bad cold in the winter, and I can already feel it coming on. Stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy throat…you know how it goes. The chilly temperatures already make it hard to manage exiting our warm houses, but add in some cold symptoms and we might as well say, “See you in the spring.” This year, I wanted to find some ways that I could easily boost my immune system so I could ditch colds faster and be more willing to embrace the cold weather. You may not know it, but some pretty accessible and common things can do just this.
Pine Cone Extract
You may not have heard of this one before, but pine cone extract, also known as immunophen, is an awesome immunity booster! This all natural supplement is made from Scotch pine cones, and is designed to strengthen your immune system and lower allergy symptoms and inflammation. This can be purchased at health food stores or online. Add a few drops to some hot tea and you are good to go!
I’m convinced that Avocados are the magical fruit. They help in aiding adrenal functions, and contain many essential amino acids and antioxidants. Add more of these to your diet to help your immunity. A good recipe for the fall is an avocado pomegranate salad — try this recipe!
Mushrooms, and specifically Japanese mushrooms, are great immunity boosters. They contain ergothioneine, which is a powerful antioxidant that isn’t affected during the cooking process, and great for curing colds!
Lowering cholesterol is a great way to start building up your immune system. Oats contain a lot of soluble fiber, which helps to lower LDL (that’s the bad cholesterol we don’t want!). I’ve started to eat oatmeal in the morning for breakfast because of the health benefits and warm texture.
Ginger is great for helping clear out your lungs and sinuses of bad toxins. Widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, it’s believed that ginger helps to cleanse your body’s lymphatic system to lower the risk of infection. It’s always beneficial to have some of this, in root, fresh, or powdered form, stocked away for use.
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