October 19, 2009 by Danielle Charles
As the last leaves fall from the trees, colds and flues inevitably begin to crop up and spread as we adjust to the stress of colder weather, less sunshine, and less activity. In fact, the increased incidence of illness this time of year is a direct representation of the effect this stress has on our overall level of vitality and immune health. It isn’t as though influenza and cold causing rhino-viruses aren’t present the rest of the year – we just are most susceptible to them during times of increased stress (ie cold, wet weather and darkness). But we needn’t despair or resign ourselves to getting sick – there are plenty of things we can do to buffer against environmental stressors and ensure our immunity and health remain strong.
Keeping yourself healthy in the winter is about buffering your body from the abrupt transition into cold weather. While we might think of deadlines at work or conflicts with family and friends as a form of stress, changes in temperature and length of day pose a form of stress to our bodies as well. The trick to staying well is to lessen the burden on your body by making sure you give it the rest, nourishment and movement it needs to function optimally. Here’s what to do:
Bolster your immune system:
There are also few steps aside from the fundamentals that you can take this time of year to ensure your immune system is in tip top shape:
Even the most robust people occasionally catch a cold. Getting sick 1 or 2 times during the winter season is not generally a cause for alarm – in fact there is some evidence that an occasional upper respiratory tract infection can actually strengthen your immune system’s ability to fight off more serious infections and deal with malignant cancer-causing cells. But catching a cold is also a signal from your body that it requires some added attention and care. After all, we don’t normally catch a cold, but invite it when our defenses are down and our vitality isn’t quite where it should be. Thus, while getting well is about overcoming infection and shortening duration of illness, it’s just as much about regenerating and rebuilding your resources. Here’s my get well fast plan:
My Favorite Immune Recipes:
While you are feeling well and in good spirits, now is the time to whip up some remedies to have on hand should you need them when you aren’t feeling so well. Here are the tried and true remedies I make every fall to have ready for cold and flue season, as well as some to whip up (or have someone whip up for you) when you are sick.
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