It’s officially fall and you know what that means! Delicious fall produce and unfortunately cold/flu season. Today I’m sharing with you all my top 5 natural cold remedies including tips to keeping your immune system strong and foods that I love.
Turmeric. Turmeric has been used as a healing spice for centuries in the Eastern culture for good reason. It’s incredibly rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown to help improve the immune system. Check out my favorite way to enjoy turmeric here, Turmeric Milk.
Get those greens in! Aim for at least 5-6 servings of vegetables a day, but I challenge you to make 2 or 3 of those servings coming from dark leafy greens.
Drink water. Drinking water can often go overlooked when the seasons become cooler, we’re sweating less naturally, we’re not as hot, and we’re not eating as many seasonally fresh juicy fruit (with high water content), yet our bodies require it just as much!
Sleep at least 7-8 hours every night. Sleeping is incredibly important for the body to rebuild, restore, and keep the immune system healthy.
Hot tea, broth, or soup. Hot teas like green tea, oolong tea, red (rooibos) teas contain the most antioxidants and are very low in caffeine. Homemade broths are the best to consume such as vegetable broths or stews. For soup recipe inspiration, visit Nutrition Stripped soup recipe.
- Bonus Exercise! Get moving daily, even if it’s for a walk around your neighborhood or an awesome sweat session at the gym. Keeping your body moving will keep your immune system healthy amongst other things! Not to mention sweating through our skin, which is one of our largest detoxification organs, is beneficial.
Bonus list of foods that are nutrient dense and may help fight inflammation and bacteria include: honey, raw garlic, coconut oil, blueberries, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, mustard, green and oolong teas, cranberries, and chili peppers/cayenne.
I hope you found these tips helpful and be sure to bookmark this, just in case you’re feeling a little under the weather!
What are go-to remedies for cold and flu season? Share with us in the comments below.
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known dietitian/nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-centric whole foods lifestyle and blog. McKel shares nourishing and delicious recipes weekly while inspiring her readers to take their health to the next level. McKel coaches privately with women all over the world bringing them to optimal wellness with her nutrition lifestyle protocol, support, and expertise.