Fall into Health

Fall is here!  So many reasons to be excited: the beautiful foliage, apple picking, crisp weather, football, and being lucky to live here – and enjoy this great season!  As the seasons change, we need to make sure we are staying healthy and preparing our immune system for cold and flu season.  Here are a handful of helpful lifestyle tips that can assist you in staying on a healthy track!

Grab some Ginger

The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

Pop a Probiotic

To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the refrigerator. Supplementing with “good” bacteria (for example, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria . Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as well as yogurt with active cultures, also contain these bacteria.

Grab some Garlic

Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity.
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Try Echinacea

If you feel a cold coming on, consider reaching for this age-old remedy. A 2007 meta-analysis showed that the herb can reduce cold symptoms. Aim for three grams daily in tincture or capsule form, starting at the first sign of symptoms.

Get a Good Pair of Sneakers

Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re tired, exercise — even a brisk walk — can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

What increases energy, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion and boosts immune system?  Water!  Also, drinking water puts you in a good mood – when the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy! Those are just a few reason to pick up that H2O and stay hydrated!

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Info sourced from www.wholeliving.com

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