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Whoa, have y’all been experiencing crazy faux-Spring weather in your cities?? Here in Philly our temps have been fluctuating between the mid-thirties and the high-fifties. While I’m super stoked it’s warmer out, I’m not stoked on what it’s doing to my body. Every time the weather makes a huge jump, I find myself suffering from crazy sinus infections.
I decided to look up what I could do to help keep my body in fighting shape, so that whether or not I’d be wearing a scarf when leaving the house, I wouldn’t keep waking up congested. I hope y’all find them helpful as well, and I’d love to hear any other tips you have in the comments below!
1. ELDERBERRY SYRUP:
I just bought my own bottle of this recently, but elderberry syrup seems to be a staple in the holistic community. This stuff actually binds to viruses and prevents the cells from replicating and growing, essentially cutting them off in their tracks. How sweet is that?! Research shows that elderberry syrup promotes the production of cytokines, the immune signallers that tell you body there’s an infection to fight off.
It’s super high in Vitamins A, B, and C, which help your body tackle inflammation and supports your immune system. Not sold? Here’s more amazing benefits of taking a teaspoon of elderberry syrup:
• aids in fighting sinus infections
• eases allergies (by fighting inflammation)
• can lower blood sugar
• boosts your antioxidants
+ It’s a major circulation stimulator, and can boost your digestion, which means it’ll push sickness from your body faster. Combined with Oil of Oregano, you’re basically set.
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This is one of those things that pretty much everyone needs to add into their routine, no matter what. I know it’s always hard to start exercising, and even harder when you’re starting to feel kind of crappy, but it’s seriously great for your body! Getting up and moving for just 30 minutes a day helps boost your immune system by getting your lymphatic system going. That breaks down to something like 2% of your whole 24 hour day y’all, so get moving.
Your lymphatic system is you body’s natural “detox” system, which helps push and drain all the toxins and waste. Letting that get backed up can trigger things like:
• inability to lose weight
• lack of energy
• headaches and brain fog
• frequent sore throats
+ Some of the best exercises for activating the lymphatic system include walking, stretching, or rebounding (when you jump on a mini-trampoline)!
(Related read: Top Holistic Health Hacks)
3. OIL OF OREGANO:
When you think of oregano, do you automatically imagine the spice that goes into a good pizza sauce?? Did you know the medicinal variety (there’s loads of different varieties!), Origanum Vulgare, is actually an all-natural antibiotic powerhouse?! Seriously y’all, this is a must have during sick season.
Oil of oregano has a strong chemical in it called “carvacrol” which breaks down the tougher outer shell of the viruses and bacteria that enter your body, making it easier for for your white blood cells to go to work. Not only that, it’s also an:
• inflammation reducer
Something that’ll help clear out your gut (hello no more Candida), kill off parasites, calm down the inflammation that’s weakening your immune system, and fight off infections? Kind of a no-brainer. It is super potent and concentrated, so you need to consume this stuff with something else like water, juice, a carrier oil, or even in pill form (how I take it).
4. EATING SEASONALLY:
So Mother Nature is kind of amazing (but we knew that) about giving us food exactly when we need it. The natural cycle of produce is perfectly set up to support the needs of our bodies, and give us the fruits and vegetables when they’re most beneficial to us.
During the winter we get a lot of citrus fruits (like the tangerines I’ve been o b s e s s e d with lately), which are high in vitamin C and super important for battling seasonal colds, infections, and the flu. Nature also gives us loads of rooty vegetables which are great for stews and cold nights in. In the spring and summer, we’re given foods like “stone fruits” (things like peaches, plums, and cherries) that are high in antioxidants and beta-carotenes. These things help to protect us from sun damage, and are generally refreshing!
Eating foods when they’re in season and vine-ripened also means they’ll taste better, and likely be cheaper. Learning the importance of eating seasonally was kind of mind-blowing for me, because it seriously makes so much sense yet doesn’t seem to be taught that often. Like, nature is seriously out here giving us everything, and we’re not acknowledging it!
+ To figure out what you should be eating more of right now, just head over to Pinterest and search “eat seasonally [insert month]” for easy infographics!
I totally get wanting to constantly pull late nights (how often do you scroll social media for hours in bed?), but that lack of sleep can seriously do a number on your immune system. When you sleep, instead of putting all that energy into thinking or moving your limbs, your body can focus on healing things that are going wrong. Basically, it’s regrouping and restoring everything. If you don’t give it a chance, you’ll end up running on “empty”, and break down, getting sick.
No amount of caffeine, lymph drainage, or antioxidants are going to make up for what sleep can do on a cellular level for you, so here’s some tips to help you catch some Zzz’s:
How do you fight off getting sick?
Share in the comments below!