Back to school also means back to excess exposure to a variety of germs and viruses your kid or kids may pick up from classmates and being back home to your household.
With Flu season around the corner, boosting your immunity is essential to staying healthy through the school year.
To help you ward off the sickies this fall, Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G., a licensed herbalist at Rainbow Light, specializing in holistic health medicine, natural products, organic, wellness and diet/weight loss, offers these 10 tips for boosting your immunity:
1. Get regular exercise. Regular exercise helps condition resistance to infections by circulating blood and immune cells.
2. Practice hydrotherapy. After exercise, get into a cool swimming pool or shower to help circulate surface immunity. Hydrotherapy has been practiced in many cultures for at least 2,000 years to help maintain and restore health.
3. Sleep is vital. In one study, the cold virus was swabbed into two groups of volunteers. One group was allowed eight hours sleep, while the other was restricted to less than seven hours. The latter group was three times more likely to contract a respiratory infection (Cohen et al, 2009).
4. Address symptoms early. If you start feeling under the weather, try an herbal remedy with herbs researched for immune support (elderberry, andrographis, berberine) like Rainbow Light® Counter Attack™ Immuno-Response to bolster immunity and reduce symptom severity.
5. Try adding immune-boosting products and nutrients into your diet.
6. Limit sugar and processed foods. These items can have a negative effect on your health, especially when immunity is compromised.
7. Incorporate garlic into dishes. Fresh garlic has natural immune-boosting qualities. Try to incorporate it into dishes, particularly if you aren’t feeling well.
8. Take a daily multivitamin. It’s difficult to get all of our daily nutrients from food. Fill gaps in your diet through a multivitamin to get what you need for optimal health.
9. Drink hot green tea. It contains compounds that help strengthen resistance.
10. Get fresh air. Dress warmly and venture outdoors, even if only for a short, brisk walk. The fresh air invigorates and boosts natural defenses.
Following a “whole, simple and nutritious” diet approach, Dr. Hobbs actively motivates clients to participate in personally designed health plans while educating clients on the immense benefits of a clean diet outlook.