As Winter rolls in and sicknesses set in it’s the time of the year when you need to start looking for ways to boost your immune system. You know the sounds of winter at the grocery store or coffee shop are not those bell ringers anymore, it’s coughing and sneezing.

My immediate reaction when I get home is always to make sure I take my Vitamin C that day.

70% of our immune system is in our gut. As someone who has gut health issues, keeping that immune system functioning is a high priority, especially this time of the year.

On this week’s episode of the podcast, we are talking about 6 ways to boost your immune system holistically.

Using Vitamin D To Boost Your Immune System

As winter sets in, and the days are going to become shorter, which means our exposure to natural sunlight decreases. During the Winter it is very common for people to become deficient in Vitamin D. This is the time of the year to add in a vitamin D supplement, especially if you’re already deficient during the rest of the year.

However, getting outside to brave the cold can be very beneficial to your Vitamin D intake and your mental health. Getting fresh air and natural sunlight can contribute significantly to overall health.

Stay Hydrated

Believe it or not, staying hydrated will keep your immune system in a good place. Dehydration can negatively impact your immune system, so it’s crucial to consume an adequate amount of water.

Here’s how to figure out what you need to drink a day: take your body weight, divide it in half, and aim for that number in ounces as a minimum daily water intake.

Adjust the amount based on your activity level.

Reduce Sugar and Processed Foods

We’ve talked in past podcast episodes about the effects of sugar and processed foods on the gut. It’s important to know that inflammation plays a part in the immune system.

With 70% of the immune system located in the gut, reducing the intake of sugars and processed foods can assist in keeping inflammation at bay, allowing the immune system to function optimally.

Up Your Whole Foods

I’m not talking about the grocery store. Nutrient-dense whole foods play a huge role in supporting the immune system. While it may be tough to find reasonably priced fruits and veggies this time of the year, look for seasonal produce as well as frozen produce.

Including these nutrient-rich foods in your daily meals provides the vitamins and energy needed for stronger immune function.

Spice it Up with Turmeric & Ginger

To help with inflammation, don’t rule out the idea of incorporating turmeric into your diet. Turmeric specifically is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing inflammation in the gut.

Try adding a small amount to smoothies or enjoying a spiced turmeric tea to reap its benefits.

Boost Vitamin C Intake

Last but far from least, up your Vitamin C. Vitamin C becomes a key player in supporting your immune system during the winter months.

While there are vitamin C supplements available, by adding more whole foods to your diet, you are likely to increase it as well.  Adding fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C to your diet can naturally help boost your immune system.

As we navigate the sickness season known as Winter, supporting our immune system becomes so important. Remember, while these tips may assist in strengthening your immune system, they are not a guaranteed prevention against diseases. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, all of my advice is based on a holistic health coach practice. The advice is not meant to prevent or cure viruses or diseases.

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Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

6 Ways To Boost Your immune System