As the weather begins to change and the leaves begin to fall, it’s time for a little immune system reboot. It’s about that time of year when we start passing around the cold and flu, but you can send it on its way in just a couple days by incorporating some easy additions into your diet and supplement regimen. I started getting some flu-like symptoms on Monday and was worried they were going to put me out all week, but luckily I bounced back in just a couple of days. I attribute this quick recovery to staying on top of my supplement regimen and fueling my body with nutrient-dense foods that boost the immune system. It’s pretty much inevitable that we come in to contact with external bacteria and viruses that can get us sick. However, we do have control over how equipped our body is when it comes to fighting and eradicating these pathogens quickly. I am going to share my go-to immune boosting tips with you so it’s there in your back pocket when you need it.
There are so many over the counter medications nowadays used to treat cold and flu symptoms. However, most of these commonly known pharmaceuticals don’t get to the root cause and knock out the pathogens making us sick. Instead, they mask symptoms like a runny nose, congestion and muscle aches by blocking the bodies natural mechanisms, which weakens the immune system in the long-run and makes us more susceptible to getting sick in the future. I choose a more holistic approach when addressing my cold and flu symptoms. I give my body the nutrients it needs for a stronger immune system that can kill invading bacteria and quickly move it out of my body through my detoxification pathways.
When I do not have an active infection, I keep up with a maintenance protocol daily that works to strengthen my gut lining and populate my microbiome with healthy bugs that serve as the first line of defense between the outer world and my bloodstream. I wrote a blog post about how to eat for a healthy gut and therefore a healthy immune system. Read it here!
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