Blueberries – Anti-oxidant, anti-aging; neuro-protective; anti-cancer; supports digestion; heart protective; nutrient-dense; delicious source of healthy fiber
Chiles – Excellent source of beta-carotene; promotes healthy mucous membranes; contains capsaicin, which fights congestion and is anti-inflammatory; super high in Vitamin C bioflavonoids; supports white blood cell formation
Dark chocolate – Promotes micro-circulation; anti-oxidant, mineral rich;
heart protective; improves mood
Different colored vegetables – Rich in fiber, Vitamins A, C & E, potassium, folate (essential for red blood cell formation), & many other phytonutrients; the key to good health in every season. Eat a wide variety, and strive for five (or more) servings a day.
Echinacea – Strong immunity modulator; anti-aging; anti-cancer. Best used long term; sourcing & formulation are essential, so shop for efficacy, not for price.
Fresh ginger – Anti-nausea; promotes good digestion & nutrient absorption; anti-bacterial and anti-fungal; helps prevent blood clotting; anti-cancer; traditional diabetes remedy
Garlic – Anti-inflammatory; anti-cancer; heart protective; anti-fungal; detoxifying;
supports healthy digestion; anti-oxidant & anti-aging
Green tea – Promotes micro-circulation; anti-oxidant; heart and neuro-protective;
helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels; anti-cancer & anti-aging
Oranges – Rich in fiber and Vitamins A and C, along with other phytonutrients: pantothenic acid, calcium, copper and potassium. Best eaten whole!
Parsley – Excellent source of Vitamins K, C and A; rich in flavonoids, folate, and iron; contains anti-cancer volatile compounds; anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory; traditional diabetic remedy; promotes bone health
Raw local honey – Anti-oxidant; traditional diabetes remedy in conjunction with cinnamon; moderates pollen allergies; anti-bacterial when used topically; soothing to the throat; delicious energy source
Salt water gargle – Inhibits bacterial growth; balances pH; promotes healing of sores; prevents plaque buildup. A neti pot nasal rinse 2-3 times a week is a great addition to a daily throat gargle.
Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory; anti-cancer; anti-depressant; helps regulate blood sugar; heart & gut protective. Best as food, with fat (ex. coconut milk) for absorption
Water – This can be unappealing when it’s cold outside, or if you are feeling unwell, but it’s always essential to your health to stay hydrated. Try drinking it warm!
Warming broth – If all else fails and you end up with a cold or other virus, make some easy, warming broth that will help you get better faster:
Immune boosting broth:
Sauté finely chopped onion, celery, carrot and minced garlic in olive or coconut oil. Add ground turmeric, and stir to coat vegetables. (Also add fresh ground ginger, if desired.) Pour in chicken or beef broth (homemade from bones, for preference) and cook over low heat until hot and savory.
Any combination of the above ingredients that you can manage is fine; more is better.
Throat soothing tisane – Here’s a delicious way to help your throat and your immune response at the same time:
Orange ginger tisane:
Peel an orange, cut up the pulp in smallish pieces and put in large teapot. Add 1″ fresh ginger, skinned and cut in small chunks. (If throat is irritated, add 1 tsp. raw honey – local if possible.) Po¬ur boiling water into teapot; let steep 5 minutes. Pour off liquid 1 cup at a time and drink slowly.
You can make a second batch with the same orange/ginger. Eat the orange pulp, if desired.
Herbal teas to keep on hand – Here’s a short list of readily available teas to boost your mood and your health:
Traditional medicinal teas:
Ginger with Chamomile
Echinacea Immune Support