Do you push on through even when you’re exhausted? Find yourself watching another episode of Breaking Bad rather than hitting the hay? Reach for a glass of vino to unwind?
Your amazing body has built in mechanisms for internal rebalancing, but guess what happens when you constantly override them by running around too much, not eating well and staying up late?
You get sick.
Our bodies aren’t designed to live at the same pace all year round. You’re meant to be hibernating in winter! Yet now that we can shop, eat, bank and sit in front of a screen 24/7, we’ve stopped living in tune with the seasons.
If you’re as determined as I am to crank up your immune system and stay healthy this year read on…..
10 Immunity Boosters for Busy Mothers
1. Get enough zzz’s
Listen to your body. If you feel tired, don’t watch another TV show, hang out on social media or carry on working – go to bed!!
2. Drink warm lemon water
Take a mug of hot water and add the juice of half a lemon, some sliced fresh ginger and a dash of cayenne pepper. Lemon water flushes out toxins, aids digestion and is high in vitamin C. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestion and helps regulate blood sugar. It also increases the temperature of your body and kick-starts your metabolism. (yee haa!)
3. Supercharge your breakfast
Have a nourishing, easily digestible breakfast. Porridge is perfect. I use organic jumbo oats (not the instant microwavable stuff) with half milk and half water. My go-to combo is to add nuts, cinnamon, ground linseeds, chia seeds and a swirl of maple syrup. Experiment – grated dark chocolate (a little goes a long way), chopped banana, frozen berries or make it with coconut/almond/soya/rice milk.
4. Nourish yourself
Eat a balanced healthy diet. Focus on warming foods like stews and soups. Add healing herbs and pungent spices to raise your internal temperature – cayenne, turmeric, garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander. Include flora producing foods like live yogurt and miso soup in your diet. Take Echinacea and Vitamin C if you begin to feel low.
5. Mind the mucous
Avoid dairy - it produces snot! (Quite frankly there’s enough of that flying around in the winter already.) The only exception is live yogurt. We tend to move around less in the winter which makes our digestion sluggish – refined white foods (white pasta, rice) only make it worse. Cut down on sugar – it seriously saps your immune system.
6. Stay hydrated
Swap caffeine for warming natural teas: honey and lemon; a lemon, ginger and rosemary infusion or drink room temperature water – easier for your body to take on board than cold water.
7. Do yoga
Yes, as a yoga teacher I would say that! Yoga’s great for keeping your immune system fighting fit. You don’t have to just take my word for it. A recent study by Harvard Medical School discovered that people who practise yoga and meditation have many more active ‘disease fighting genes’ than those who don’t. The same research team speculate that yoga’s relaxation effect could be as powerful as medical drugs, but without the harmful side effects.
8. Dry skin body brush
It’s a great morning pre-shower habit that gets your blood moving. Use a wooden handled brush with natural bristles (no plastic here sister!). Start at your feet and stroke your way up – brush towards your heart.
9. Slow down
Make decisions based on your values – learn to say no. Check out our tips on How To Say No With Confidence.
Press pause and take 10 deep breaths. More if you have time.
Suzie’s Super Easy Root Vegetable Soup
This is my go-to winter soup – quick, healthy and delicious! Use any root veg in any ratio you like, it’ll always be yummy.
4 medium carrots
2 sweet potatoes
1 large onion
Half a celeriac (or 2 sticks celery)
Vegetable stock – about 1.5 litres/2.5 pints
Black and white sesame seeds
Unsweetened desiccated coconut
Mix in equal quantity
Chop all the above into small pieces and pour in the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil them simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Blitz until smooth. Serve with sesame seed and coconut sprinkles.
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