3 Ways to Winterize Your Health
Staying healthy this season can be easier than you think. As we transition into fall and brace ourselves for winter, it's a good idea to arm yourself with a few tools to stay happy and healthy. Here a few tips from Dr. Lasse to boost your immune system and prepare for cold and flu season.
Adding Ginger and Garlic to Your Food
Using these herbs regularly is a simple (and delicious!) step you can take to boost your immune system. Garlic stimulates the activity of immune system cells that destroy cold and flu viruses. Allicin, an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoal, is one of the immune stimulating nutrients in garlic that is released when you cut, chop or crush the cloves. Ginger reduces fevers, soothes sore throats, and encourages coughing to remove mucus from the chest. The chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger give it that spicy kick that stimulates blood circulation and opens your sinuses. Improved circulation means that more oxygen is getting to your tissues to help remove toxins and viruses. Two fantastic natural antibacterials for staying healthy this season.
Getting the Rest You Need
This can be a real challenge for some of us, but getting the rest your body needs is an integral part of keeping your immune system up to date on the current virus fighting protocols. Circadian Rhythms, your body's internal clock, work to keep your body running smoothly by controlling temperature and the release of hormones. In general, you will feel best when your lifestyle is in line with your circadian rhythm. It's wise to establish healthful routines of eating, exercising and sleeping that work for you and you can stick with every day so you can focus on staying healthy this season.
Adding Bone Broth to Your Diet
A healthy digestive system is the keystone of good health. When made from scratch with bones from pasture raised beef or chicken or other healthy animals, broth is not only easy to digest, it actually helps to strengthen the digestive system. Bone broth inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, for example, and fights inflammation, courtesy of anti-inflammatory amino acids such as arginine. It contains valuable minerals in a form your body can easily absorb and use, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur chondroitin, glucosamine, and a variety of trace minerals. Check out Dr. Lasse's recipe for delicious bone broth.