Written by Dr. Sandra Miranda, ND

It is that time of year, time to do everything you can to boost your immune system to

avoid all of the nasty bugs that are out there. No one wants the coughs, runny nose,

fever, chills, body aches and all of the other symptoms that can be a part of the cold and

flu season.

Viruses thrive this time of year, and why not take some steps to prevent them.

You can feel more confident being out in the world when you know you have protected yourself.

As one of my patients said last year, I just want to feel like I’ve taken all the precautions and proactive steps that I can to have a fun fall and holiday season this year.

Here are my top suggestions for staying healthy:

  1. Stress reduction is key:

Utilize walking, meditation/visualization, yoga, hiking, etc. Use whatever works

for you to decrease your stress levels.  Get fresh air and sunshine. Engage with Nature.

  • Keep Moving:

Whether it is going out for walks, hiking, biking, yoga, or doing work out classes at home – keep moving.

Moving increases your oxygenation and blood flow to all of your body’s cells; this enhances cellular function for your entire system to work better.

  • Sleep:

Get 8 to 9 hours per night for the best recovery and restoration. Sleep powers the

mind and restores the body.

  • Nutrition:

Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, preferably organic. Increase garlic, onions, colorful fruits and veggies, mushrooms, turmeric, fermented foods and green tea.

Eat an anti-inflammatory, whole foods diet. Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup and excessive alcohol.

  • Hydrate:

Drink a minimum of 2 L per day.  This includes water or any herbal teas with no sugar added. Keeping hydrated is one of the easiest ways to keep you flushed and clean of toxins that can slow down your immune system.

  • Immune Booster shot:

Consider taking our homeopathic immune booster shot once a month.  There are excellent studies to show how it protects you for approximately 34 days after taking it.  I have been using it for years successfully.  Most of my patients come in once a month during the winter months.  Click here to read more information on the studies.

Practice basic safety by wash your hands with regular, chemical-free soap, often and

stay home when you are feeling under the weather.

If you still need an individualized treatment plan or if you are wondering what supplements you should also be taking then please call us for an appointment – we are happy to help.

Miranda Naturopathic Clinic 905-239-3900