Winter: A time to stay cozy, to warm your soul with comfort foods, to read through your favorite novels, and for the unlucky majority — inevitably catch a cold or two.
As snow flurries fall, cold and flu season sets in. The sniffles run rampant and the population is plagued by unwelcome symptoms that have us reaching for all of the remedies buried deep in our medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults catch an average of 2-3 colds per year, and common knowledge reveals that most are experienced during the long stretch of winter months.
Unfortunately, many mass-produced cold remedies are merely a band-aid to mask a much bigger issue: A total lack of immune support.
But you’re in luck!
Naturopathic Medicine is a highly effective avenue to address acute health concerns, including the common cold. In this blog, we’ll share our best tips to enhance immunity, our go-to vitamins for immunity support, and different tactics to aid in strengthening your immunity naturally. So prepare yourself a pot of tea, sit back, and relax because we’re driving right in!
Immune Support Vitamins & Supplements
Boosting your immune system is no easy feat. It takes the right resources, consistency, and a few of our favorite immune system boosters including vitamins and supplements. Here are the essentials that our team swears by:
- Ther-Biotic Complete Probiotic
- Buffered Vitamin C
- D-Mulsion 1000
- A-Mulsion Liquid
- Zinc (Citrate)
- Elderberry Plus Syrup
- Echinacea and Goldenseal
- Flu Nosode 2022-2023
- HMF Immune Powder
Have you tried any of the vitamins or supplements mentioned? All of them can be found in our Platinum Cold/Flu Kit on naturallysue.com.
Unfortunately, science and naturopathy have yet to find one magic pill or elixir to instantly boost our immune systems and cure the common cold. Until then, it’s up to us to make necessary lifestyle adjustments that act as natural immune boosters.
We may find ourselves feeling a bit sluggish and unmotivated during the winter months; both of which are natural physiological reactions to the colder temperatures and early sunsets. However, our immune systems can take a serious hit if we halt our day-to-day activities to instead spend our time snuggling up in bed from sunup to sundown. With that being said, it’s more important than ever to engage in healthy activity. Whether you attend a workout class, go for a chilly run in the park, or simply follow a home workout routine on YouTube, getting up and moving is key to a healthy immune system.
If you’re struggling to find the motivation, we challenge you to reframe your mindset. Instead of, “I have to move my body,” shift your mindset to an affirmation along the lines of, “I want to support my body with movement because my body deserves it.”
Nonetheless, boosting immunity during the winter months does not mean we must maintain a ‘go, go, go’ mindset. Our bodies require rest, relaxation, and quality sleep to fully recover. While we sleep, our bodies produce specialized white blood cells that play a critical role in our immune response to infections or other acute health concerns. So when we’re instructed to ‘take it easy’ while battling sickness, there’s a very good reason.
Foods & Drinks Rich in Vitamins & Nutrients
Some of the best immune boosters are found at your local organic grocery store. Nutrient-dense foods are a key component to naturally boosting immunity. A few of our recommendations include:
- Organic berries
- Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi, vegan yogurts, etc.
- Wild fish with high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild-caught salmon
- Organic citrus fruits
- High quality olive oil
- Dark leafy greens
- Organic Cold-pressed juices
- Green, turmeric, or ginger tea
While brainstorming your weekly grocery list, we encourage you to focus on incorporating nutrient-dense ingredients that play a role in improving your natural immunity.
The winter months pose a special set of challenges, but nothing that you can’t overcome with the right tools! Boosting immunity naturally is not only beneficial to your immediate health, but implementing the right immune-boosting strategies is shown to play a major role in your long-term well-being.
It’s time to take care of YOU! To make your wellness routine abundantly easier, we’ve curated a wide selection of supplement packs and protocols to kickstart your journey. Head to naturallysue.com to browse our hand-selected remedies that are available right at your fingertips — because you deserve good health.
Cheers to a winter of good health and homeopathic remedies!