The holiday season is upon us. I know it can be hectic and stressful, to say the least. With so much to do, it;s really easy to get frazzled and exhausted. We eat things we know aren’t good for us simply because they are in front of us and it’s the holidays, right? The carb loaded sugar feast that runs from Thanksgiving through New Years can really take it’s toll and it weakens the immune system…the next thing you know, you’re sniffling your way through New Year count down. The good news? It doesn’t have to be like that.
This holiday season, boost your immune system and ward off cravings and hunger at the same time.
Here are a few tips:
1. Juice or blend veggies every day. Drink at least 2 8oz. glasses of veggie juice a day for all the great antioxidants that will feed your immune system. Focus on dark leafy greens. Fresh vegetable juices are so nutrient dense, they keep you satisfied and help curb your cravings.
2. Eat a raw garlic clove a day. Garlic contains allicin–a sulphur compound, and many other health-boosters, which have potent antiviral and antibacterial qualities. *Make sure it’s raw – cooking destroys allicin’s potent effects.
3. Take care of your gut. Over 60% of your immune system is contained in your gut. Boost your immune system by taking probiotics.
4. Get plenty of vitamin C. Juice/Blend up fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C. And take supplemental C with flavonoids. They work together to make each more effective.
Here are few foods that are high in Vitamin C:
- Citrus Fruits
- Bell peppers
- Brussell Sprouts
- Red cabbage
5. Avoid sweets. Sugar beats out vitamin C in the immune cells and weakens them. I realize it’s the holidays, but it’s well worth it to pass up all the treats.
6. Get extra sleep. A well-rested body has a higher capability to fight off infections and viruses. Go to bed early. Sleep in on the weekend. Powerful healing hormones are released during your deepest sleep. Also hormones that control your appetite get out of whack when you don’t sleep enough, making you crave carbs in particular.
Eat Healthy and Thrive