I'm one of those people that ( thankfully) rarely gets sick. But when I do, I usually come down with something that knocks me out for days. When we're traveling or it's winter time, we try and make sure we're eating as healthy as possible and include as many immune boosting superfoods and spices ( which are really cheap!) as possible, as well as using essential oils such as oregano, cinnamon, and rosemary when we feel we're coming down with something.
Health Starts In The Gut
Did you know that your gut is one of the key factors that determines how your immune system functions? Eating healthy bacteria is integral for our immune and digestive health, which is why cultures around the world have eaten fermented food ( like kimchi in Korea, Indian pickles, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, and many more).
Western society has drifted away from these life giving fermented foods into highly processed and refined food products, making our gut and overall health take a toll.
The holiday season is especially the case, where families sit down to generally large meals that take hours the body hours to digest. The best way to stay health and also enjoy a bountiful harvest feast is to eat whole foods and omitting highly processed flour and sugar from the meal.
Yes, I know. You're thinking how the heck you can make pie without sugar, and I'm here to tell you you can totally do it! Instead of using white sugar, go for coconut sugar or maple syrup. Make sure when baking to use either a gluten free flour or whole grain flour. And for gravies and sauces, try making one from scratch ( I make mine with mushrooms and white wine) over the instant variety that can contain high fructose corn syrup and chemicals that don't aid the body.
Enjoy Herbal Teas
Having a soothing cup of herbal tea can aid your immune system and digestion. A few varieties I like to make:
- Turmeric Latte
Heat your favorite milk of choice ( organic unsweetened almond is fantastic) and add turmeric to taste, as well as a dash of cinnamon and maybe a little clove and nutmeg. You can sweeten it with coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
- Ginger Tea
Ginger is a mega superfood that aids circulation and digestion. Add chopped or grated ginger to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then pour into a cub and allow it to steep.
- Green Tea
I am a long time green tea fanatic. Enjoy yourself a few cups everyweek, especially of sencha and matcha. Whole Foods Market has an organic decaf variety of the former, if you're looking to avoid caffeine.
Incorporate Herbs & Spices Into Your Daily Diet
Adding super spices such as turmeric and rosemary to your diet will help keep you and your family healthy. Turmeric has been used in ancient India in Ayurvedic medicine, and studies have shown that it heals inflammation and so much more. Rosemary aids digestion and boosts immune function, and is the perfect addition to wintery soups and stews.
Create A Natural Medicine Cabinet
Just in case you or your family do get a bout of flu or cold, I recommend having a holistic medicine cabinet. Ours happens to include colloidal silver, vitamin C, reishi, essential oils ( currently using and enjoying DoTERRA ) cayenne pepper blend, and a few other goodies. I don't spend a lot on our medicine cabinet as the oils I use when we do get sick ( such as oregano and OnGuard, also known as thieves oil) I don't use all the time so they end up lasting us for a long time and don't need to be replenished often. Same goes for the colloidal silver.
What do you take to stay healthy during winter?
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