Ready, set, here we go... Autumn is upon us. It’s time to share our tried and true strategies for boosting fall/winter immunity and what to do if you do catch a cold or flu. Here are some of our tried and true strategies to keep you and your family healthy through fall and winter.
1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water or herbal tea upon waking and throughout the day. Dr. Mark recommends good, filtered water. Patricia recommends an organic, nourishing herbal tea.
2. Vitamin C : Take twice daily: increase dose before known exposure. Dr. Mark recommends 500 mg capsules, such as Vital Nutrients with Bioflavonoids. See our dispensary for vitamin C chewable tablets with Xylitol or stop by and let us formulate you a delicious tea blend rich in vitamin C.
3. Elderberry Syrup: Dr. Mark and Patricia recommend 1/8 teaspoon daily and an extra dose before exposure. Buy straight off the shelf at our clinic or through our online dispensary.
4. Wash Hands: After sneezing or coughing and throughout the day. Avoid anti-bacterial soap and commercial hand sanitizers whenever possible. Patricia also recommend Rose & Crown's Essential Anti-Bacterial Spray, which is available for purchase at our clinic.
5. Take your Vitamins: A good multi-vitamin with zinc and with vitamin D ( or supplement separately based on your vitamin D levels). Dr. Mark recommends Vital Nutrients Minimal & Essential and integrative Therapeutics Vitamin D3 chocolate flavored chewable tablets.
6. Relax in a Bath: A nice warm bath with mineral salts supports healthy detox, invigorates circulation and relaxes the body. We offer a variety of therapeutic-grade bath salts and blends at our clinic.
7. Eat Well: Minimize sugar intake for optimal immune function and decreased inflammation. Stick to fresh, seasonal foods and add flavor with herbs (like our Herbal Soup packs-back by popular demand.)
8. Change Clothes: To avoid bringing outside germs into the home, put school clothes in the dirty bin right away!
9. Sleep Well: School-age students need 10+ hours of sleep at night. To aid falling asleep, turn off all screens 60 minutes before bedtime to let melatonin levels rise. Certain herbs such as lemon balm and chamomile can be a delicious, safe and effective way to promote relaxation.
Once school starts our family fall/winter health routine starts too. Our goal is to keep the whole family healthy throughout the seasons. For more wellness recommendations, stop by our clinic, or call us at 541-902-8860.
We are here to help you feel your best.