Naturopath Angela Lambert, ND, had tips to naturally boost your immune system to help ward off winter's colds and flus:
1. Eliminate sugar - especially white sugar - sugar competes for growth hormone in your body. Growth hormone helps your body heal
2. Increase filtered water intake - add sliced lemon to your water - this affects the acid alkaline balance. A more alkaline body is a stronger body that supports the healthy bacteria vs. an acidic body that allows viruses and unhealthy bacteria to thrive.
3. Sleep 8 hours EVERY night. Adequate sleep helps balance hormone levels, keeps the mind clear and the immune system strong.
4. Increase fresh fruits and vegetables - ideally organic. Fresh, colorful produce is FULL of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that keep your body strong.
5. Exercise daily - exercise releases endorphins, keeps your circulation moving, your blood pumping and your body strong. Brisk walking is an effective form of exercise for all ages.
6. Get fresh air and sun exposure every day. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D, a nutrient essential to a strong immune system. Fresh air is VITAL to keeping the lungs healthy.
7. Increase protein and decrease carbohydrates - protein is a longer-lasting source of energy than carbohydrates.