And so begins the 1st week of F-A-L-L!
I don’t know about you, but when the wet & gloomy season hits “rain-couver” (rainy Vancouver)…I want nothing more than to snuggle up with a good read and a warm cup o’ tea.
This is also the time when the nasty flu bug starts shamelessly throwing itself at us, and making sure your immune system is in tip-top shape to fend of an unwelcomed date with the cold + flu can take some work.
Here are 2 simple things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick:
If your body is constantly preoccupied with cleanup duty (aka getting rid of toxins already built up in your body), it isn’t armed and ready to combat surprise invasions from bacteria and viruses.
WHAT to do?
Regularly flushing your body from toxins helps keep your temple clean. Sure you can do a juice cleanse, but detoxing your body can be as simple as making sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
WHY does it help?
Water flushes toxins and impurities out of your system by helping both the kidneys and the bowel eliminate waste. *Bonus: H2O also does a great job of keeping the skin looking healthy and young, preventing wrinkles and evening your complexion.
1/2oz of water per pound of body weight every day (ie. 120lbs = 60oz of water = 7.5 cups/day)
2. BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Make sure your natural defense system is strong and healthy by:
- getting enough sleep
- being physically active
- reducing stress
- and most importantly, EATING well!
The food you eat can make a huuuge difference in how strong your immune system is, so opt for more fresh fruits and veggies (at least 8-10 servings per day). F&V’s are not only loaded with vitamins, but they are also packed with antioxidants – to protect your cells from nasty free radicals.
Here’s how I combine 1 + 2 together to detox and boost my immune system at the same time.
Immune System Boosting Fall Detox Tea
– cup of warm water
– small handful of Goji berries (also known as wolfberries)
Let Goji berries steep in the water until they become plump and juicy.
What is your favourite tea for fall?