5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity for the Fall and Winter
In the fall and winter, our energy naturally starts to move inward toward introspection, rest and imagination.
Unfortunately, this is also a time where our schedules become more busy, with the end of summer holidays, back-to-school routines, and a faster pace at the office.
Here are 5 easy tips to boost your immunity over the fall and winter, and to keep you happy, healthy and balanced.
1. Take Care of Your Digestion.
Strong immunity starts with healthy digestion. In general, foods that are freshly prepared and served warm digest more easily than foods that are raw, cold. left-over or microwaved. You can also boost digestion by increasing spices in your food, such as ginger, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon.
2. Exercise Daily!
Everyone knows this tip, but not everyone follows it!
Ayurveda teaches us that you don’t necessarily need to be a gym buff to stay fit. If you’re able at least 40-60 minutes each day to move your body in a way that you enjoy, you will quickly experience wonders in your energy levels, mood, brain power and immunity. This may include a gentle 20 minute morning yoga routine, a 20 minute after-dinner walk with your family, or my personal favourite: dancing in your room with your headphones on.
For Canadians, it’s especially important to get 20 minutes of sun exposure daily (even when you don’t feel like it), to boost immunity, mood and overall health.
3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
A good night’s routine is a must for immunity and tissue repair, as well as for alertness, memory and creativity. If you have trouble sleeping, try taking a chamomile-lavender tea before bed, and massaging your feet with a few drops of sesame oil.
One of the best things you can do for brain, mood and immunity is to switch off your electronics between 8 pm and 8 am. At this time, your brain is more sensitive and impressionable and benefits most from quiet, restful, introspective or creative activities, and from bonding with loved ones.
4. Support Yourself with Immune Boosting Herbs
Keep your immunity strong by adding special herbs into your morning and evening routine, such as tulsi tincture, ashwaghanda powder or other immune-boosting combinations. Echinacea tincture can also be used at the first sign of a cold or flu, along with a good bowl of soup.
You can also stay warm and boost immunity by making a large pot of ginger, tulsi or cinnamon tea for your family.
5. Take a Hot Bath.
Taking a hot bath is great for your skin and immunity, helping to boost circulation, promote sweating and aiding in a good night’s sleep. You can try adding a self-massage or taking an epsom salt bath for extra health benefits.
I hope these tips serve you well for a blissful fall and winter season.
Let me know how they work for you, and which are your favourites!
Note: These recommendations are for educational purposes only. Please discuss any dietary change with your doctor before beginning any new health regimen, especially if you have health complications or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
About the Author
Briya Freeman has been teaching courses in meditation and natural healing since 2011, including The Bloom Project, an online course for women in natural self-healing and radiant living.
Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa).
For more information, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org