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The beautiful seasons of fall and winter are – unfortunately – typically associated with rampant colds and flu. Thankfully, there are a few easy steps you can take now to encourage a healthy immune system and aid in the prevention of illness!

Add pure lemon juice to water.

Not only does lemon juice add a subtle hint of flavor to otherwise plain water, it contains many vitamins that can benefit overall health and immune function. Lemons have a very high vitamin C and citrus flavonoid content which makes them immune support powerhouses! You can either squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your water or add some wedges to a glass or pitcher for a refreshing and healthy way to hydrate.

Eat non-processed whole foods.

One of the best things to do for our body is to reduce our intake of overly-processed foods. This includes food full of artificial sweeteners, saturated fats and excessive amounts of sodium. Nutrients from whole, unprocessed foods are more concentrated and are digested more easily. Eating healthful foods goes a long way towards keeping our bodies healthy.

Drink/eat your fruits and vegetables!

Fruits and vegetables provide the highest concentration of nutrients amongst all food groups on the planet; they are very high in several vitamins and minerals that support immunity as well as overall body health. Try pre-cutting fruit for an easy to grab snack and remember that steaming those veggies is healthier than smothering them in sauces.

Increase probiotic intake.

Probiotic intake can be increased by consuming foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, or by taking a probiotic supplement. Probiotics work by replenishing the “good” bacteria strains in the digestive system. A strong immune system starts with a healthy gut and fermented foods and beverages are an ideal way to promote gut health!

Sleep! Sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night is vital.

Lack of sleep has been found to negatively impact immunity as well as recovery (Mayo Clinic, 2015). Getting enough sleep also improves your mood and reduces stress.

Take time to de-stress.

Stress is a major contributor to poor immune function. Willow Massage + Spa can help! Getting regular massages and/or facials is the perfect way to relax for an hour or two. Ask us about introductory specials and our Wellness Club!

We hope these tips will help you out. However, these tips are not meant as medical advice. As always if you have health concerns, please see your doctor!

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