“There are a few natural ways to help relieve cold symptoms. Naturopathic medicine encourages the body’s self-healing process though the use of natural therapies.”

-Rose Caiola

5 fast ways to boost your immune system

Are you a honing your immune super-strength yet for the winter? Do you have a little superhero at home that needs to develop their cold and flu busting potential? This is the time to put our germ fighting super-suits on and boldly trek forward into the cold and flu season.

Right now, I’m dusting off my immune boosting gear for myself and my kids. As a licensed naturopath who believes that everyone has a superhero inside waiting to be discovered, I’m sharing how to make your immune system faster than a speeding bullet.


Drink Plenty of Water 

Keeping yourself, and especially your kids, hydrated with pure fluids is essential to a healthy immune system and respiratory tract. Limit or avoid drinks such as coffee, pop, fruit juice and alcohol to significantly improve immune response.

Wash Your Hands

Good old fashioned soap and water when washing hands prevents the transmission of germs. Hand washing with soap isn’t just for bathroom breaks. Remember this before preparing meals, eating and after time spent in a public place. Germs live on handrails, table tops, other surfaces and toys. Wash your hands more frequently if you’re under the weather – blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing frequently – or tending to a loved one who is.

Eat Well

Consuming a variety of plant foods, especially dark green vegetables and brightly colored vegetables and fruit, boosts your defenses. The pigments that create these deep and vibrant colors contain antioxidants, which provide a super charge to the immune system.

Ditch Sugar

Consuming sugary beverages or foods can stifle immune cell activity.  This means your immune system is less effective at creating a “BOOM, KAPOW, SMASH” effect when it goes after the bad guys.

Regular Sleep

Even superheroes need their rest, on average seven and one-half to eight hours per night.  It’s great to want to save the world and all, but getting a good sleep every night will fortify your immune system.

So whether it’s Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Spidey or one of the X-Men you envision for your super-fantastic immune system, keep these Five Fast Immune Boosting Germ Busters in mind for your best defense.

Looking for extra super-support for you or your little ones during the cold and flu season? Meet with me for a Naturopathic visit and we’ll go through the most effective natural cold and flu options, so you have everything you need to find your superhero strengths within. I share the best of what I’ve seen work, and what I use in my own life on a daily basis, to help you take your health to the next super-level.


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