Everyone here in New York has a serious case of spring fever! As we are gearing up to trade out our winter coats and snow boots for something a little less cumbersome, my twin sister, Rachel Curry, RN, says, "We might want to pay a little extra care to our immune systems." She also says, "Don't be fooled by the season changes; plants are in full bloom, causing increased allergens in the air that trigger colds and sinus infections. This is the time of year many people are still coming to see the doctor for the common cold, sinus infections and even the flu!"
So, to give yourself a little extra love and boost your immune system naturally, Rachel and I want to provide you with a list of whole foods, spices and herbs you might already have stocked in your kitchen that can easily mix into your diet to give your immune system a natural pick-me-up.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I take a shot of ACV diluted with a little water every other day and hold it fully accountable for keeping me in good health for this entire grueling winter season. Pick up a bottle in your local grocery store and test it out. Note: even those with candida issues can drink ACV -- I speak from experience.
Not only is ginger an excellent anti-inflammatory and aid in digestion, it will help lift the immune system as well. You can add ginger to almost anything such as salad dressings or smoothies, offering a spicy flavor. Or make a comforting tea by grating up about about 1 Tbsp and pour hot water over it, let sit for about 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
This bright fruit not only adds a pop of color to our kitchen countertops it helps aid in digestion and helps enhance our moods! Try drinking lemon in hot water first thing every morning. To learn more check out this article.
All herbal teas have great benefits for the body, but try Traditional Medicinals Gypsy Cold Care if you feel a little tickle coming on in your throat. It's caffeine free, warm & comforting.
Oil of Oregano
This is another natural immune boosting remedy. While admittedly very potent, it will work wonders by just adding a few drops into a glass of water, juice or milk. Drink up!
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer powerhouse. I add a few sprinkles to my morning hot water and lemon. I also take a Turmeric Force supplement which supports cardio and liver health.
We all know we can get our daily dose of vitamin C from oranges but here are some other foods to consider. For people who travel a lot like myself you can always pack it in supplement form or try out the Lypo-Sepheric packs in the Shop Travel section.