September is one of my favorite months. Coming from Arizona, it meant the hottest month of the year was over. Now living in Georgia I can actually witness the change of the season. I enjoy seeing the leaves on the trees begin to change and the plants preparing for a colder season. During this time of the year, I always love being outside and witnessing the earth change before my very eyes. However with the change of the season; allergies, the flu and common colds begin to rear their ugly little heads.
Flu season generally begins in the fall and peaks around January or February. During the flu season, I used was highly susceptible to colds and the flu virus. Since changing my diet and lifestyle my immune system is at its all time high. I have not had a common cold or flu for a couple of years. However times throughout the year, I felt my body kick into high-gear to work a bug out of my system. When this happens there are a few key foods I quickly ramp up to aid my body in preventing allergies, colds and the flu.
Everyone CAN boost their immune system by adding these foods to their diet.
They are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemons help to build you natural defenses. They will break up phlegm and speed up healing if one does come down with the flu. They are available year round, however most varieties peak December-April.
This delightfully sweet condiment contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is known to give your immune system a boost. You can easily add a teaspoon of honey to water, desserts, etc. to receive its properties.
Cayenne aids in developing the nasal passages mucus membranes, urinary tracts, and lungs. It is high in Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Cayenne can easily be sprinkled into any drinks (smoothies, juices, water, etc.) and added to a range of foods. Flavor to taste, begin with a very small amount.
Highly used as a medicinal herb in Chinese and Ayurvedic practices. It can act as an antihistamine and decongestant. During illness, ginger aids in relief of nausea.
It is a recognized medicinal herb used around the world. It is known for its antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. Garlic aids in clearing congestion. Not only is it great for preventive measures, it is also helpful for those that already have the flu, colds, coughs, sinus infections or even bronchitis. This bulb is effective whether used raw or cooked.
There are many timeless home-remedies that have aided in warding off common colds and the flu for centuries. Today, you can begin to take small steps that will aid in keeping you healthy during the flu season.
8 oz warm water
1/2 of a lemon juiced
1 tsp of honey
1/8 tsp of cayenne
(we will save the garlic for another recipe)
Ginger is a great add on to this tea!
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What other foods do you use to boost your immune system?