As you head out this Halloween season, I want you to enjoy all the festivities that are related to this spooky time of year – and I am equally concerned about your good health. Halloween is a time of candy, scary movies and fun, which sometimes over takes your health. Boosting your immune system and adopting the right routines is key to staying healthy this time of year.
I consulted professionals at Saje Natural Wellness, Cold-Q, the IV Wellness Boutique and CHFA (Canadian Health Food Association) to find out the best tips and remedies that will kick any cold to the curb. Let’s be honest, who has time to be sick when there is so much fun to be had! No one likes a sniffly Harley Quinn. Am I right? Here are my top 5 tips for how to support your immune system and keep up with your Halloween festivities.
- Eat Well: According to the CHFA, the most common foods Canadians turn to during cold and flu season are chicken soup/broth (49%), oranges (49%), tea (48%), honey (41%), and greens (41%). Canadians also turn to Natural Health Products like Vitamin C (46%), Vitamin D (37%), and B Vitamins (21%). According to Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Vancouver-based nutritional consulting firm My Edible Advice, Jennifer Brott recommends to drink a ton of water, broth, echinacea tea and keep your meals simple. Focus on foods rich in Zinc and Vitamins A and C like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, lemons, and berries. Keeping your gut healthy is key to a quick recovery!
- Exercise: Did you know that engaging in 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise can actually improve your body’s immune response? Find some of my easy and simple workouts that you can do anywhere, anytime and ONLY take 5 minutes here.
- Sleep: The percentage of adults who sleep less than six hours per night is currently greater than at any other time on record, according to the CHFA. Studies show that not getting enough sleep is correlated with higher rates of susceptibility to the cold and flu virus. Cold-Q notes that sleep-deprivation leaves the immune system compromised creating a higher likelihood of catching a cold in comparison to those who get an acceptable amount of sleep.
- Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness has a number of positive impacts on the immune system including reducing markers of inflammation and reducing stress hormones. I have a few favourite ways that I like to unwind.
- Consider setting an alarm on your computer or phone that reminds you to take three deep breaths and try starting and ending the work day with three things you are grateful for.
- Try the Immune Roll On from Saje, and just breathe in wellness all day long while relieving cold symptoms and fighting viruses.
- When I get a chance I like to soak in a soothing bath with some Immune Bath Salt Soak, that relieves flu symptoms thanks to comforting eucalyptus, warming cinnamon and myrrh.
- Be Proactive: Don’t let the unpredictable October weather put a damper on your Halloween festivities.
- Oil of Oregano is a natural remedy that never fails me if I take this at the first side of a cold.
- Another at-home remedy you can try is an echinacea throat spray that I like from Saje or an all-natural, oral spray from Cold-Q.
- When you’re on the run and need an all-in-one, try the Little Feel Better Bag which has you covered from digestion and cleanse remedies (from too much candy) to a headache remedy after long nights full of tricks and treats.
- If I feel a cold coming on and need a little extra boost I go to the IV Wellness Boutique for a mixture of the Immune Booster and the Cold Buster IV, that will both prevent and support your immune system before you get that nasty fall cold. It really helps that all IV’s are 20% off on Sundays and booster shots are only $35 every day in October.
And my last tip, if you’re looking for a great winter, therapeutic warm cocktail to help keep the sniffles at bay and be the talk of the Halloween party, try one of these from Absolut Brand Ambassador and World Renowned Mixologist, Jacob Sweetapple.
1.5 oz Lot 40 Rye
½ oz Oloroso Sherry
½ oz McGuinness sugar syrup
5 oz Earl Grey tea (Hot)
Method – Combine all ingredients into a mug and stir
Garnish – Cinnamon stick & lemon wheel
1.5 oz Absolut Vanilia
½ oz St. Germain Elderflower liquid
½ oz Agave syrup
5 oz Chamomile tea (Hot)
Method – combine all ingredients into a mug and stir
Garnish – Star Anise & Orange slice
Attack the virus before it attacks you, keep all the scares for October 31st and if all else fails have one of these warm, delicious cocktails that will help to ease this cold and flu season away. Enjoy a spooky and safe Halloween everyone!
Gotta run! Until next time…