My Cold/Flu Season Must-Have's
Well, it's that time of year again, cold and flu season is upon us and this year more than ever I am preparing my pantry and medicine cabinet with immune boosters and remedies to keep me healthy but also give me peace of mind.
I wanted to note that while this post does not have anything to do with COVID-19, I am taking extra precautions this year with my remedies and being mindful of what experts in the field are suggesting to try and stay healthy. I am also NOT a doctor, so please speak with your own provider when adding supplements to your routine. The below items are from brands I personally trust and use.
So, what's in my pantry/medicine cabinet?
Elderberry - I take these gummies daily from either Garden of Life or Mega Food. Why? Because it is anti-inflammatory, contains crucial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals - and also because these taste so good that it’s like dessert in the morning. I also will be purchasing this syrup if I do feel sickness coming on, as it has the same anti-inflammatory properties but in a higher dosage.
Vitamin C - good ole vitamin C! Now, I do not take this as a pill daily, because I do get a substantial amount of it in my daily diet (oranges, red/green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, spinach), but I’ll take it a few times a week if I feel I am lacking that day or feel run down.
Vitamin D - specifically this one. I only supplement this during the winter because of lack of sunshine! I take it 4 or 5 times a week after I eat my first meal of the day. Vitamin D3 also aids in immunity.
Probiotics - gut health is important to whole-body health...it is your second brain after all! In a traditional American diet, we do not get enough probiotics - unless you’re consuming a substantial amount of fermented foods - so I take 1 probiotic in pill form at night before bed. Garden of Life and Mary Ruth Organics are trusted brands in my house. Remember to switch up your probiotic every time you finish a bottle because no probiotic contains every single strain you gut wants, so when you finish that bottle of Garden of Life, switch to Mary Ruth’s and then back to Garden of Life.
Turmeric - sprinkled on roasted veggies. Why? It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich which aids in boosting your immune system. It’s also delicious, so why not sprinkle it on your veggies? I also make myself Tumeric Face Masks...just water and the raw spice! Awesome for redness.
Teas - I only drink herbal tea and constantly have a huge stockpile, during the winter my favorites are Peppermint, Ginger, Lemon Balm and Throat Coat. Traditional Medicinals is my go-to brand because it is organic, easily found in stores/online and the bags are plastic/bleach-free (many brands are not). Someday I will venture into the loose leaf tea, but right now convenience is key!
A whole-food, nutrition-dense diet. Ever feel like total SH** after a weekend of eating pizza, drinking one too many margs, etc.?? It’s because your body is run down and craving nutrients. Everyday, not just during cold and flu season, I aim to eat a nutrient-dense diet (there are absolutely days where ordering pizza or a huge bowl of popcorn is calling my name). Aim for a plate full of protein, fat and greens at every meal. Think not what you can take away from your plate to make it healthier, bit what you can add! Eating out? Order a side of veggies rather than saying no to fries. All season long I’ll be sharing my healthy meals on Instagram, follow along!
Wishing everyone a healthy and safe winter season!
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