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October Don’t Get Sick Challenge

Don’t Get Sick Challenge

Happy October 1st! For the month of October, join us in our Don’t Get Sick Challenge. We will be posting daily tips and reminders to avoid getting sick as we head into the colder weather. Keep healthy with us, as our Naturopathic Clinic staff will be participating as well.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Get moving! Your immune system responds to exercise by producing more of the blood cells that attack bacterial invaders. And the more regularly you exercise, the more long-lasting the changes become. Research shows that people who exercise moderately 5 or 6 days a week catch half as many colds and sore throats as people who don’t.
  • Stay away from sugar! Just 10 teaspoons of sugar, the amount in two 12-ounce cans of pop, impairs the ability of white blood cells to deactivate or kill bacteria. Instead opt for a natural sweetener, such as one made from the stevia plant to boost the immune system.
  • Make room for mushrooms!  Experts explain the rare Reishi mushroom fungus stimulates the production of T-cells, white blood cells involved in protecting the body from infection. It increases levels of substances that strengthen the immune response. It also promotes sleep and reduces stress by suppressing the production of the stimulant hormone, adrenaline.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This healthy smoothie recipe has all the flavor of a pumpkin spice latte without all the sugar. Made with real pumpkin and frozen banana, this whips into a creamy, luscious grab-&-go breakfast (or snack) in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or other nut milk
  • ⅓ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

Place banana, almond milk (or other nut milk), yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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Back To School Immune Boosting Tips

Back to School can mean opening ourselves up to colds, the flu, and feeling run down. It’s important to keep our immune systems boosted as we head into the colder months. The following tips will help you stay healthy and combat upcoming flu season.

  1. Boost your immune system by adding nutrient-rich foods such as citrus fruits, garlic, ginger, chicken noodle soup, sweet potatoes, yams, tea, and mushrooms.
  2. The changing seasons calls for changes in our sleep patterns as well. Increase the number of hours of sleep you get per night to strengthen your immune system.
  3. Decrease caffeine intake to avoid insomnia, nervousness, irritability, and digestive issues. Caffeine also affects the adrenal glands production of cortisol, and increased cortisol can lead to a compromised immune system.
  4. Take Vitamin-C, a common immune-booster, which will help fight off infection and speed up recovery.
  5. Drink herbal teas infused with Echinacea Root or Elderberry to help ward off colds.
  6. Use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser or add a few drops to coconut oil and rub into the back and front of chest. Eucalyptus helps with chest and sinus congestion.
  7. Remember proper hand-washing for effective cold prevention!

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