When the seasons change there are just more people sick than less.
Up here, in the Northern Hemisphere we're going from summer to autumn and it's trickier - immune system wise - than we imagine to stay healthy and stable.
Kids are back in school, more snot's running everywhere, people still think they can eat really raw and drink spritzers when in reality our body and organ system wants us all to chill the eff out and drink more tea than bourbon - although bourbon is really good...
Here's the thing, I've had this resident rabbit in my yard all summer. It's decided to eat the tops of all my Echinacea plants and has become the running joke in our hood that it's the most immune strong of all the rabbits, and definitely ready for the shift.
So today, I'm going to give you my go-to's when it comes to planning ahead and building a strong immune system BEFORE the shift in season.
1. Plan how you're going to move your body, and just because everyone says it's time to den in - remember we're not bears. Get outside!
We need to keep moving and stimulating our lymphatic system during seasonal shifts. Move your body, you move your Qi (energy), you move the crap that can attack your immune system.
If you're like Mindy Kaling and loathe the thought of exercise, and would rather have lunch with a trainer than do a workout, well then...go to number 2 or take a hot bath to help with lymphatic drainage.
2. Eat seasonally (for a delicious seasonal recipe click on the pic above). I've said it before, and I'm saying it again.
Eating with the season, mostly an Ayurvedic practice, helps your blood, nervous, and immune system work easily. When our systems "work easily" we get sick less.
It's okay to eat rich foods for us Northern Hemi folks, like olive oil, avocados, red meats (if you're a carnivore), and even things like liver.
3. Sleep...as best as you can.
4. Top supplements I take to stay well daily as the seasons shift: Vitamin C (in the morning and afternoon), Zinc (in the afternoon), electrolytes (with exercise), Lysine (morning and night), DHA (before bed) and I might throw some herbs. Please consult your health care provider or herbalist before you take any supplements to know if they're right for your body.
Telling you this now so you can plan for autumn to winter; or spring to summer, if you've already been hit with the bug.
Anything you love that is your secret remedy to staying immune strong during the seasonal shifts? Let us know in the comments below!
Have a vibrant and fun week Mother Lovers!
All love surround.