As Christmas is around the corner we thought we would share some tips to help you stay well throughout the holidays! Below are 10 helpful tips to ensure a healthy, happy winter season!

1)Eat fresh whole foods: Eating a variety of fresh whole foods including plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables is essential to proper immune function

2)Avoid refined sugars, trans fats and salt: These food are known to weaken the immune system.

3)Increase your consumption of vitamin C containing foods: Vitamin C is known to boost immune function and help prevent cold and flus. Increase vitamin C containing foods such as: oranges, lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries, back currents, peppers, spring greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

4)Eat more garlic and onions: Garlic and onions both have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties helping the body to fight off any germs it may come into contact with. (Raw consumption provides a greater benefit than cooked)

5)Drink up: Ensuring you are adequately hydrated will help enhance your immune system. Aim for half your weight in fluid ounces. (ex. If you weight 150lbs, you should consume 75oz. of water a day)

6)Sleep, Sleep, Sleep: Ensure you are getting around 8 hrs of sleep per night and you are sleeping soundly. Too little, non-restorative sleep is known to weaken the immune system.

7)Exercise: Engage in at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day. Exercise helps to increase circulation and lympathic flow both which help boost the immune system.

8)Breathe: Practice deep breathing exercises to help manage stress. High stress, fear, and worry can weaken the immune system making you more susceptible to infections.

9)Wash hands: Wash your hands frequently using warm water and a natural anti-bacterial soap to the prevent spread of infection.

10)Cover your Cough: Cough or sneeze into your sleeve to prevent spreading infection and avoid touching your nose, mouth, eyes until hands are washed.

If you are prone to frequent colds and flus speak with your Naturopathic Doctor for a more comprehensive treatment plan and should you become ill our Naturopathic Doctors offer 15 minute acute consultations where they will do a thorough assessment and provide you with natural alternatives to fight off a cold or flu.