FISH: Salmon, tuna, trout, and oysters are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can reduce inflammation. Vitamin D in fish can prevent sickness, and help you feel happier during winter, too! BISON: Meat eaters, you’re in luck. Buffalo meat is high in zinc, which is important in increasing white blood cells to fight off infection. SWEET POTATOES: This superfood is high in vitamin A, which plays a key role in keeping up your body’s defense system. APPLES & PUMPKIN: They’re more than just fall flavors. Both foods are high in vitamin C and can shorten the length of illness. FUEL RIGHT GO FOR GOLD Turmeric, a golden super-good-for- you spice, is high in antioxidants and fights off inflammation. CHECK YOUR OILS Some essential oil mixes are designed to boost immunity, such as Medieval Mix, Synergistic Blend, Immunity Boost, Good Samaritan, and Sinus Formula. GET YOUR Z'S Recharge your body with 8+ hours of sleep each night. Supplements in the body-care aisle can help provide restful sleep. C PLUS Among its many benefits, vitamin C strengthens the immune system, repairs and builds body tissue, and helps deter the common cold. WORK UP A LATHER Get in the habit now. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizers to fight germs. Flu fighters, unite! Cold crushers, assemble! Though there’s no perfect way to thwart flu and cold season, arming yourself with good, natural body-care basics can build your resistance. It’s also just plain good for you. The ABCs of immunity center on everyday basics. Stay hydrated with plenty of water and eat healthy well-balanced meals, though maybe plate up some extra immunity-boosting foods (see sidebar, right). Supplements in the body-care aisle can also help bolster the vitamins and minerals you need for fighting colds, such as vitamins C and D, and zinc. Exercise, as always, is important to a healthy body, and so is rest. Feeling tired or stressed can lower immunity. It can help to relax, meditate, or use essential oils. Lavender in particular has a relaxing and calming effect. Tea tree oil diffused in the air can help kill germs and viruses. Peppermint can help open airways and perk up your focus. Anise seeds can ease coughing and congestion, and can be crushed and steeped in hot water to make tea. And hot tea and honey is always a healthy go-to. So bring it on, cold and flu season. We’re building a defense of good health. IMMUNITY Building blocks of FLU AND COLD SEASON IS CREEPING UP ON YOU. BLOCK IT OFF WITH SOME SIMPLE GOOD-HEALTH HABITS. 1 2 3 4 5 freshthyme.com | September/October 2017 49 048-049 Healthy Life.indd 49 8/14/17 11:58 AM