It’s that time of year again, and oh don’t we all know it… coughs, sniffles, and “I think I’m coming down with something” are abound. As the weather cools, we close the windows and cross our fingers that winter will be kind. Adequate rest and consistent hand washing is probably the most effective way to resist winter germs. Luckily, there are also a few nutritional superheroes we can call on this season to make it our healthiest:
1. Turmeric Possibly the most celebrated – and well researched! – therapeutic herb of all time, this “golden goddess” earns the top spot as an immune booster. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties have been considered more effective than many prescription medications with none of the side effects. Find it in our warm Golden Turmeric Latte, our cold-pressed Turmeric Tonic juice, or add it as a booster to your daily smoothie! You won’t regret it! (If you happen to have gall bladder issues, it’s recommended you take a pass on turmeric for now.)
2. Coconut Like turmeric, coconut has proven antibacterial properties. If consumed on a consistent basis, it can also help promote the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. This is important because it’s now becoming more widely acknowledged that immune health actually starts in the gut. Cook with coconut oil, eat coconut-based snacks, or enjoy fresh coco mylk in your coffee. PS – don’t worry about the fat. It’s a type of fat that can actually boost your metabolism!
3. Echinacea,Turmeric and coconut have great prophylactic properties but should you find yourself under the weather, we suggest reaching for Echinacea. Evidence that this herb has been used to treat illness and infections has been found dating back to the 1600s! For centuries, conventional and nonconventional doctors have prescribed it to help reduce symptoms and duration of colds, flu, respiratory infections, as well as topical wounds that are slow to heal. Because Echinacea directly stimulates the immune system, it’s not recommended for those on immunosuppressant therapy. Otherwise, it’s considered very safe.
By: Jessica Moon, M.S., Green & Tonic Health Coach