Sidesteps holiday stress and sickness with these foolproof tips for boosting your immune system.
Do this to boost your immune system
- Sleep 8 to 10 hours per day
- Exercise moderately
- Practice yoga
- Walk when you commute
- Maintain a positive attitude about life
- Find satisfaction in your job
- Create loving relationships
- Do something personally satisfying every day
- Express your emotions
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Flower essences can be used to calm, stimulate or raise your energy levels, and are excellent secret weapons for holiday stress. This time of year, I’m into Holly Flower essence, which unleashes feelings of love, compassion and gratitude. I recommend taking 3 to 5 drops under the tongue, three to five times a day (consider doubling down when the in-laws come to town).
Eat this to stay healthy (yep, it should be organic when available)
- Dark-skinned fruit and berries
- Citrus fruits
- Steamed or cooked vegetables
- Sea vegetables
- Brown and white rice, quinoa, oatmeal
- Goat and sheep cheeses
- Wild fish (mercury free)
- Eggs and chicken
- Grass-fed meats
- Flax, coconut or olive oils
- Spices (ie, thyme, oregano, garlic, ginger, clove, basil, rosemary, onion, turmeric)
- And don’t forget to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water or herbal tea each day no matter how busy you are.
Avoid this to bolster your immunity
- Refined sugar and flour products
- Hydrogenated fats and oils
- Artificial sweeteners, food dyes and preservatives
- Excess exercise
- Unhappy feelings and thoughts
- Negative attitude towards life
- Feeling trapped in a situation
- Unexpressed emotions
Spice Things Up
Any time you can squeeze more health into your diet, I say go for it. Cinnamon is on my radar this month because it’s the perfect warming winter spice. It heats the body when you’ve got a cold or flu, lowers the acidity levels in coffee, combats inflammation, and regenerates your energy when you’re overworked, stressed or exhausted from too much holiday cheer. Add ½ -1 teaspoon to your coffee, tea, cereal or smoothie. It takes so great too!
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Holiday Vices Welcome
Are you naughty, nice or a bit of both? Try my rockstar tips for making holiday vices a little healthier, without missing the party!