We're seeing "cold and flu season" begin here in Los Angeles. The weather is getting chilly and autumn will soon give way to winter. Our bodies are perfectly designed to overcome these cold-season bugs before they turn into full-blown illness, if we take care of ourselves!
Here are a few tips for boosting your immunity and surviving the season...
1. Let Your Body Do Its Work.
Make sure you give your body rest and relaxation time so it has a chance to build strength and fight infection. It knows how to fight infection if you give it the opportunity. Try taking some time on the weekend to read or sit in the sunshine. Sleeping in for one extra hour in the morning, or going to bed one hour earlier will make a huge difference in your ability to fight infection. This extra rest will help with prevention, and also with recovery if you're already sick.
2. Use Halotherapy To Clear Your Airways And Kill Germs!
For centuries, monks used naturally-occurring salt caverns to treat respiratory ailments. Today, man-made salt rooms recreate salt caverns. Salt actively kills bacteria, clears mucous and reduces the inflammation in the respiratory system. Regular and consistent Halotherapy, 2-3 times a week, can help prevent the common coughs and colds, runny nose and earaches.
In our Himalayan Salt Room, the air is ionized with negatively charged ions from the Himalayan Pink Salt floor, and saturated with a natural concentration of NaCl (salt), which is diffused into the room. This combination creates a curative environment identical to the micro-climate of salt caves.
Halotherapy helps with strengthening the immune system, breaking up stagnated mucous, and widening and cleaning the airways, among many other benefits!
3. Use Elderberries To Boost Immunity.
Elderberries have been shown to provide protection and relief from cold and flu symptoms, mainly due to their high anthocyanidin content. You can find them in supplement or syrup form. We carry an elderberry supplement here at The Guardian of Health that blends elderberry with blueberry and black cherry extracts for extra immunity and protection!
4. Drink Medicinal Herbal Teas To Fight Infection.
We love ginger, pau d'arco and turmeric teas to support healthy immunity. These spices and herbs will help your body fight infection, as they have powerful antimicrobial compounds. Turmeric and ginger are also warming spices that will insulate you from the chilly weather. If you don't know where to find these teas, come by and stock up with us.
Give us a call if you'd like our support with overcoming the cold and flu season this year!