It’s that time of year when your body will REALLY appreciate it if you can give it an immunity boost. One of the most important things I’ve learned over the past couple of years while studying a more holistic approach to health is the importance of catching a cold, or bug when the first symptom hits. Don’t fight it. Practice super self care, and your immune system can totally kick in.

Here are some examples…

Like, when you have a scratchy throat but don’t yet have a fever.

Like, when you have a feeling that your body temperature is off…but don’t yet have the chills.

Like when your thoughts are foggy, but you don’t yet have a piercing headache.

The truth is that before we get full-blown sick our body gives us a lot of hints to slow down, to pay attention and to take better care of ourselves.

When I feel like I’m worn out or starting to get run down, I start by taking a few teaspoons of Maine Medicinals elderberry syrup. It’s a local company that Whole Foods carries.  Elderberry syrup is wonderful for your immune system. What’s the deal with elderberries? “Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby’s Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever.”

Next, I up my Vitamin D in the winter (especially this year when the f-l-u word is everywhere). I’m now taking up to 5,000 ius a day after talking with my naturoapth. I was actually only taking 1,000 ius a day before, which really isn’t enough anyways. Vitamin D is one of those wonderful supplements that’s great for a enormously wide array of symptoms.

For a quick kick of vitamin C I love Emergen-C. I keep a few of these in my purse and in my lunchbox and now I reach for them often.

Next up, sleep is one of the most powerful ways for our body to heal. If you can add in an extra hour’s worth of sleep on a night when you feel like you could be starting to get sick it WILL make a difference.

Lastly, if you are noticing that you have a consistently scratchy throat, or repeatedly have a choking kind of feeling from the hot, dry air while you sleep at night consider a humidifier.

Stay well!