I love the smell of fall.  It is a major turning point in the seasons, and it is one that our body recognizes.  As the warm long days of summer (here in Portland that statement is a bit of a stretch - but go with it) - As the warm long days of summer wind down and the cool crisp nights descend upon us, our physical body begins an immunological transition.  It is yet another wonder of the body in preparation of the winter to come. 

There is a lot you can do to help this transition and build a strong immune system so that you don’t catch every cold in the office.  One of the best things is to begin supporting your immune system now - before the winter months.  A simple immune tea taken daily for 1-2 months will help build up a strong defense in preparation for the onslaught of colds and flus to come.  This may include the herbs: astragulus, ashwaganda, elderberry, lemonbalm, rosehips, orange peel.  At The Herb Shoppe we keep a medicinal immunity blend on the shelf- but we are also happy to blend you a special immunity tea to suit your tastes.

If tea isn’t your thing - then try an Immunity Boost blend that comes in a liquid extract - take one dropperful twice daily. 

Vitamin C and D are other important aspects to immune health.  Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body so daily intake is necessary.  I recommend 3 gram per day - but remember, the body can’t absorb more then 1000mg (1g) at a time, so divided doses is necessary.  And all the latest research proves what Naturopaths have know for years - that Vitamin D is essential to immunity.  I typically recommend 2-4000 IU daily from October - May.

And lastly - wear a scarf!  While you might get tricked into thinking its a beautiful day - the cooler air has arrived.  The back of the neck is one of the most vulnerable places for what is called a “cold wind invasion” in Chinese medicine.  So - keep a scarf nearby to keep yourself protected.

For next time - How to heal quickly from the cold and flu.

October 06, 2010 by JJ Pursell

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