By: Dr. Melissa Lee ND

It’s not quite cold season yet, but it is always a great idea to start building the immune system for the coming winter.  By boosting the immune system, your body becomes stronger to fight off any viruses or bacteria you may come across.  Some things you can do to build your immune system and prevent colds include:

Action Function
5 cups of vegetables3 cups of fruit Vegetables and Fruits contain many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants which are needed to keep the immune system strong and increase resistance to infection. A solid intake of vegetables and fruit will help prevent colds and flus. Tip: incorporate grapefruit, clementines, apples, and many berries in the diet- fresh or frozen. Increase your garlic and onion intake, as they both contain many antimicrobial compounds.
Hydrotherapy Showers You want to improve lymphatic circulation in the body especially in the winter time. Hydrotherapy showers are a great way to increase lymphatic circulation and as a result boost the immune system. At the end of your shower try this cycle of temperature changes:

  • 1 minute hot shower
  • 30 seconds cold shower
  • 1 minute hot shower
  • 30 seconds cold shower
  • 1 minute hot shower
  • 30 seconds cold shower

(Caution: do not do if you have any heart issues)

Probiotics Clinical studies have demonstrated that taking a probiotic each day can prevent the frequency of upper respiratory infections, gastroenteritis and diarrhea. By ensuring you have a good balance of good bacteria in the body you can help the body facilitate its immune boosting capacity.1-2 capsules per day is the average dosing, but this is case dependent.

Check out our Immune Boosting Smoothie, Immune Boosting Tea, Honey Garlic Sauce and Chia Seed Crackers for the cold/flu season.

For more questions about cold or flu remedies contact Dr. Melissa Lee at the Insight Naturopathic Clinic. We are located at Bayview and Eglinton in Leaside (550 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto, ON).

Prevention and Home Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season
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