Autumn has arrived! You’re probably excited about scarves, hats, and hot drinks – but likely less so about the prospect of catching a cold. Luckily, there are ways to boost your immune system to stop those pesky autumn colds and coughs in their tracks! Here are a few ways to stay happy and healthy this fall:
1. Sleep! Sleep is so important for your body. Making sure to catch between 7-9 hours of Z’s each night is essential, helping with brain function, healthy hormone levels, lower blood pressure, and maintaining healthy skin. Check out our top tips for getting a good night’s rest – complete with a recipe for coconut chamomile bedtime tea!
2. Stay hydrated! Just like a plant, your body needs water to survive. Dehydration is dangerous and can lead to fatigue, headache, and dizziness –as well as more serious health problems! It’s important to actively keep hydrated by drinking lots of water to keep your organs working in top shape. Make sure you drink extra water if you exercise to make up for any water lost through sweat. Coconut water is also naturally very hydrating, so feel free to supplement your water intake with it – it’s delicious on its own, or in juices or smoothies!
3. Exercise! Whether you’re playing sport or just taking a nice stroll around your local area, it’s important to get at least some level of exercise to keep healthy and fit. Exercise helps keep you happy and healthy, and decreases your chances of developing illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure. And if you’re ever feeling discouraged about starting, just remember – no matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping the people home on the couch!
4. COCONUT OIL! We saved our favourite for last! Coconut oil is a fantastic way to help boost immunity, due to the awesome potential antibacterial and antiviral properties of lauric acid. Also, the MCTs in coconut oil help boost energy and aid digestion, preventing fatigue. Coconut oil is a very versatile oil: you can cook your favourite warming dishes with it, stir it into hot drinks like coffee, and so much more!