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Prevent Colds

This is the time to boost your immunity to help ward off the colds and flu that circulate in the wintertime. It’s especially important to boost our immune system in times of worry and hardship as these emotions drain our strength and make us vulnerable to illness.

The first support to boosting immunity is nourishing food that also promotes elimination.  Onions are a good food for the heart and circulation. They help reduce cholesterol. They act against all types of infections. Cabbage can help you to cope with stress, anemia, fatigue and infections and are also good for your digestive tract. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamins A and C. It also provides iron, calcium and potassium. It is a good tonic and fights fatigue and stress. Brown rice has a gentle and soothing effect on the digestive system and can lower blood pressure and provides B vitamins (we lose them during stressful times), fiber, iron, potassium and protein. These are not expensive foods to have regularly.

Herbs can help bolster your immune system. Virtually all herbs are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. Many have hormonal and antibiotic action. Garlic, echinacea, cayenne pepper, yellow dock root, and Oregon grape root will all support your immunity and help you ward off the colds and flu of the winter season.

Negative moods are proven to reduce the number of antibodies produced in the body. Improve your mood and improve your immune response. You can lighten your negative vibrations by a brisk walk, deep breathing, laughter, listening to relaxing music, visualizing peaceful scenes, meditation, prayer, loving and grateful thoughts, reflexology or massage. These activities bring renewed peace and hope- and bolster your immune response, better enabling you to fight off harmful germs and viruses. It’s not just possible to boost your immune system affordably, it’s imperative!

Penny Waters is a member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council. Penny may be reached at 208/597-4343

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