How to Give Your Immune System a Boost This Cold & Flu Season

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How to Give Your Immune System a Boost This Cold & Flu Season

As it starts getting colder, you don’t have to spend your days sniffling and coughing, especially if you work on boosting your immune system. The biggest mistake people make is trying to boost their immune system AFTER they have already gotten sick. Boosting your immune system requires you to consistently make healthier efforts in order to delay, prevent, or lessen the effects if you do get sick.

Two keys to boosting your immune system are:

  • Eating healthy regularly.

“Healthy” can mean many things, but everyone can agree that it means eating a variety of vegetables and fruit in order to benefit from a variety of nutrients. You can eat these raw or cooked, in a salad or even a stir fry, but my favourite way to get in lots of veggies and fruit is through a smoothie! You might be surprised to know that you can sneak in zucchini (, cucumber (, and even carrots (!

  • Staying hydrated.

When the weather is warmer, it is a lot easier to drink up to satisfy your thirst and the body’s needs. However, as it gets colder, you may find yourself forgetting to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and instead, get your fluids through water and all-natural drinks like cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

Here are three nutrients you should be making sure you are getting enough of this cold & flu season:

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is commonly known to boost your immune system, but what people don’t realize is that you can get a LOT of vitamin C naturally from foods like red peppers, strawberries, and citrus.

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A is commonly found in orange veggies like carrots and pumpkin as well as and dark leafy greens and can also help strengthen the immune system.

  • Zinc

Zinc is a mineral your body needs consistently on a daily basis to contribute to many body functions, including boosting your immune system. Common sources of zinc are seeds like hemp and pumpkin seeds.