08 Oct Boost Immunity Ahead of Cold and Flu Season
The autumnal equinox signals the start of autumn – a cooler, crispness to the air, the leaves beginning to turn crimson, auburn, and gold, and the apple orchard festivals in the countryside featuring hayrides, caramel apples, and plenty of cider. With the fragrant chrysanthemums and pampas grass in the breeze, many of us reluctantly also know that the autumnal equinox signals that cold and flu season is just around the corner. A good practice which will help prepare our bodies for this onslaught is to establish an immunity boosting routine including certain nutritious supplements, foods, and beverages to the diet.
The Role of Rosehips and Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that’s required for over 300 metabolic functions in the body. It enhances immunity by increasing the production of the immune system protein interferon. It’s best to intake vitamin C everyday for optimal health, and the more natural forms of vitamin C are more easily absorbed by the body than vitamin C is supplements.
- Rosehips are naturally very high in vitamin C and antioxidants. They are extremely low in natural sugar and their nutrients are easily absorbed by the body.
- Vitamin C in fruits high in natural sugars can harm or decrease the healthy bacteria in your gut
- Taking an adequate amount of vitamin C, by drinking a daily bottle of NADI juice for example, can help to prevent getting a cold or flu
- Also eating or taking supplements of the following herbs, minerals and vitamins, in combination with natural sources of vitamin C will further boost the immune system and protect your body during cold and flu season:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C can also help prevent blood clots and cataracts, and it helps to lower LDL cholesterol – more on the benefits of vitamin C in future blogs!
Autumnal Equinox Anecdotes
The autumnal equinox is the day each year that the hours of light and dark are nearly equal, before the change in seasons from summer to fall, when the days start becoming shorter than nights.
- it also represents the harvest season, plays a key factor in fall foliage, and has a profound effect on animals, signaling to them instinctually to begin to prepare or migrate for winter
- its reminiscent of the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, squirrels scurrying to fill their winter nests with nuts and acorns, migratory birds flying south, pumpkins, homemade apple sauce, and apple cider.
The Power of Autumn Walking/Running Paths
Physical activity is believed to help detoxify your lungs and airways of harmful bacteria. Due to this, and the positive changes exercise has on antibodies and white blood cells, exercise during the autumn and winter months is thought to be very beneficial and likely to help prevent colds and flu. There is also a magical feel when breathing in the cool, crisp autumn air is refreshing after a hot, humid summer. It is also believed that exercising outdoors, and in a nature setting, has a healing effect. And physiologically, exercising circulates protective antibodies and white blood cells throughout the body faster making our immune systems more efficient and accessible to nip harmful germs in the bud quickly.
Spiced NADI Cider with Elderflower Liqueur – to be served warm or on ice
- 3 cups apple cider or apple juice
- 1 cup NADI juice
- 1/8 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick (use 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste, if serving cold)
- 5 cloves (optional – use 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves if serving cold)
- 6 oz. elderflower liqueur
In a saucepan over medium heat (if serving warm) or in a punch bowl (if serving cold), mix the apple juice or cider, cinnamon, cloves and lemon juice for 4 – 8 minutes for flavors to blend. Add NADI and elderflower liqueur and allow flavors to blend for another 1 – 2 minutes before serving. (If using a cinnamon stick and cloves, scoop them out before serving)
Take a moment and send us your favorite NADI juice routine or recipe to help prepare for the cold and flu season!