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herbs-spicesSummer vacations are over. As we transition from a perhaps more leisurely pace of summer and warm weather to the flurry of activity that back to school and cooler weather brings, it is important to pay extra attention to our immune systems.

Prevention is key in cold and flu season, and a healthy lifestyle is the foundation for a healthy immune system. Especially now, as the weather shifts, make sure you sleep enough, eat a diet of whole foods with minimal sugar, alcohol and stimulants, exercise regularly, and engage in stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation and regular massage. Be sure to keep your spirits lifted with humor and pleasurable activities, as this does wonders for the immune system!

In addition to healthy lifestyle habits, there are many immune boosting superfoods and supplements that you can add to your diet. Some of these include:

  • Probiotics

  • Vitamin D

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Garlic

  • Ginger

  • Turmeric

  • Echinacea

  • Astragalus

And please note that not all supplements and superfoods are created equal. Studies have revealed a huge range in the quality of these products so be sure to do your research before purchase. Talk to your holistic health care provider or an expert in your local natural foods store to find out what brands they recommend.

If you do start to feel your immune system compromised be sure to slow down right away, get lots of rest and pound some superfoods!