Part 2: Winter Wellness Immune Boosting Tips

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Immune Boosting Blueberries Increase Winter Wellness. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

In Part 1 of 7 Ways to Increase Your Winter Wellness we covered the first four immune boosting tips:

  1. De-stress
  2. Stay hydrated
  3. Get enough quality sleep
  4. Germ busters

Have you been able to implement one or two of those ideas? I’d love to know what’s working for you.

In Part 2 let’s explore some other immune boosting tips to increase your winter wellness. We’ll look at the health benefits of creating a clean gut and boosting your gut microbiome; which immune boosting foods to eat (and which immune suppressing foods to ditch); plus immune boosting herbs, spices, and herbal remedies to give your body an extra wellness boost this winter, and all year-round too.

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Part 1: 7 Ways to Increase Your Winter Wellness

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Do you always seem to catch the latest cold that’s going around your office or your kid’s school? Would you rather experience winter wellness than sickness? I hear you! I used to catch colds every winter too. One year I even succumbed to the H1N1 virus. I was so sick my husband actually thought I might die! It’s no joke when cold and flu viruses start to spread.

Luckily there are many things you can do to boost your immune system and create winter wellness. Your overall stress level, your hydration, the sleep you get (or don’t get), all play a big part in helping you embrace winter wellness. Immune boosting foods, spices, and herbal remedies can all help promote winter wellness too.

And let’s not forget that your overall health starts in your gut. In fact 60-80% of your immune system resides in your gut. So if your gut microbiome is out of whack, your immune system likely is too. A healthy gut generally equals a healthy body, and vice-versa.

What can you do to boost your winter wellness to stay healthy this season? In part 1 of this 2-part article we’ll cover four important immune boosters.

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Eat Well to Fight Inflammation

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Mediterranean Diet: Eat Well to Fight Inflammation. Photo by Joanna Kosinska,

Inflammation has been in the news a lot lately. But what exactly is inflammation? Is it always a bad thing? And if so, can you really eat well to fight inflammation, or reverse it?

There are two general type of inflammation, and one is actually helpful. You may have experienced acute inflammation as the body’s natural response to healing a major trauma, such as a sprained joint or broken bone. For example swelling brings more blood to the area for healing or to help immobilize the joint to prevent further damage. Likewise, an infection with associated heat or fever helps to burn out the pathogen.

However, ongoing chronic inflammation is another thing all together. When inflammation is persistent without a clear resolution, it becomes chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on your body, mind, and overall health. In fact as much as 80-90% of all chronic illness is thought to be caused by chronic inflammation (1)(2). The good news is that most chronic inflammation is preventable and even somewhat reversible with lifestyle changes and diet. These tips will help you eat well to fight inflammation.

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Health Benefits of Mangos

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Health Benefits of Mangos

Mango season is in full swing and we’ve been eating a LOT of them lately. Cuz who doesn’t love mangos, right? Mango smoothies, mango sorbet, mango salsa, fresh mangos. Even the traditional Thai dessert of fresh mangos and sticky rice is OH SO YUMMY!

So if you love this delicious super-food as much as I do, you might be wondering about the health benefits of mangos? They are pretty high in sugar. So can they really be that good for you? Below I share some of the health benefits of mangos as well as a few delicious recipes.

First a little history on this lovely tropical fruit. Mangos are related to both pistachios and cashews, (two of my most favorite nuts!) The mango is India’s national fruit and mangos were first cultivated in India and Southeast Asia over 4,000 years ago. Then they made their way to other parts of Asia, Africa, and South America through trade about 300-400 A.D.

Culturally, the mango tree also plays a large part in Hinduism and Buddhism. Buddha is reported to have mediated in mango groves. Mango leaves represent life are are used in wedding ceremonies in India. And the Hindu elephant-god Ganesh is often seen holding a ripe mango. So what are some of the health benefits of mangos?
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