Ah, fall and winter, a time to snuggle up in your cozy socks, watch movies, enjoy endless cups of tea and…be miserable with a slightly new variety of the cold or flu virus. No thanks!
Getting a cold is not an inevitable consequence of the fall or winter and the start of flu season. If you follow a few simple precautionary measures you can reduce the likelihood of catching a cold or the flu. And if you’re in the unfortunate position of already having a cold, these suggestions will help you get over it quickly!
Sniff, sniff! With pre-school and 2nd grade germs flying around our house, I’ve started to feel a bit under the weather too. It’s so hard to be sick with little ones running around. I’m all about natural remedies to help me feel better so, here’s what I’m doing to make sure I don’t feel any worse and to boost my immunity for the rest of the autumn season.
In the Northeast right now, we’re experiencing some crisper mornings, shorter days, orange leaves on trees…fall is right around the corner. It’s my favorite season of the year. The temperatures are so much more comfortable for me (I’m an English Rose suffering in the NYC summer heat!) and I love to get out on my bike, take a run in the local park or go hiking in the local mountains. I love the colors, the food, the chance to drink more tea, make soup and cosy up with a good book.
At this point in the year, I think it’s important to take a little step back and reflect on our health.
As they say, September is the new January and with kids back at school and a renewed energy in our workplaces it’s time to set some new health and wellness goals for the fall.
A high quality probiotic and probiotic rich foods are essential for your health
Probiotics, derived from the Greek, meaning “for life”, are live microorganisms with remarkable health benefits. Not only do these healthy, good organisms protect you from the common cold, boost your immune system, and improve your digestion, they are also ideal for anyone who has tried to lose weight but just can’t seem to make it happen.
Sometimes, even if you are eating really healthy foods, gut imbalances will lead to weight gain, poor assimilation of nutrients, and excess inflammation. It’s essential to bring your body back in balance with nourishing foods and to educate yourself about probiotics.
Good bacteria in your body will give you some wonderful benefits including:
- Healthier digestion
- Stronger immune system
- Glowing skin
- Amazing sleep
- Less bloat
- Reduced food and seasonal allergies
- Improved memory and brain function
- More energy
- Better bowel movements
- Better food assimilation
Probiotic rich foods include:
- Sauerkraut (I have a tablespoon with lunch and dinner)
- Live cultured or handmade yogurt
I have a probiotic every morning when I wake up (make sure you take a very high quality probiotic as many probiotics are broken down by stomach acid and are never absorbed) and a tablespoon of sauerkraut with every main meal. Try probiotics today and see the results yourself!
Omelet with Shiitake Mushrooms: a perfect way to get extra vitamin D in your diet
It’s the middle of November and I woke up to snow falling in the streets of Brooklyn this morning. A cold, grey day beckoned (and no snowmen, unfortunately.) Living in the northeast, I know that I’m not getting enough sun for my body to make vitamin D – an essential vitamin used in the absorption of calcium for healthy bones and teeth and an immunity booster. At this time of the year, I’m conscious of including more vitamin D rich foods into my diet so that I ensure that I get adequate levels of vitamin D until the sun is strong enough again in late spring.
Here are five easy ways for you to get more vitamin D into your diet right today without having to book that flight to Florida:
1. Eat more oily fish. Wild salmon, mackerel and sardines are great sources of vitamin D. Bonus: you get heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids too!
2. Try some mushrooms, especially shiitake mushrooms. Mushrooms of all varieties contain vitamin D but the shiitake mushrooms contain a lot more. They are more expensive than regular white button or cremini, but since their flavor is so strong you don’t need many. Try them sautéed in butter or olive oil with herbs and garlic and pair them with eggs for breakfast or in a mushroom risotto for dinner.
3. Drink more vitamin D fortified organic whole cow’s, rice or soy milk.
4. Eat your eggs: try boiled or poached eggs for breakfast or a simple vegetable frittata for lunch or dinner.
5. Always supplement with a quality vitamin. I take 1,000IU of vitamin D from Shaklee year round and it’s even more important to take at this time of the year. The recommended daily amount is 600IU but most doctors recommend 1,000IU as the optimum amount during the winter.