To feed your immune system follow these simple tips through the later part of the winter when your body is still susceptible to the colds and flu.

  1. Get enough sleep and manage stress. Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses immune function.
  2. Keep your exercise routine and incorporate massage as a seasonal detox protocol.
  3. Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated.
  4. Use essential oils to prevent virus and winter bacteria from getting you.
  5. Catch some rays. Sunlight triggers the skin's production of vitamin D. In the summer, a 10-15 minute exposure (minus sunscreen) is enough. However, above 42 degrees from November through February, sunlight is too feeble and few foods contain this vitamin. Low vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory illness and other diseases.
  6. Keep sugars down and for extra immune protection incorporate the spices of ginger, cayenne, turmeric and garlic in your recipes.
  7. BE HAPPY. Help others and have an attitude of gratitude. It boosts your immune system and builds your happiness quotient.