It’s that time of year again. All of a sudden, the days are shorter, there’s a chill in the air, the trees are shedding this year’s layer of leaves, and everywhere you turn people are getting sick. But with our collection of seasonal wellness tips to naturally boost your immune system, that doesn’t have to be you. The holidays are also a perfect time to add our USDA certified organic CBD products to your daily health habits.
Eat Nourishing Foods
This is a no brainer all year round, but the food you eat is the foundation of your health. With less fresh produce available during the colder months and so many tempting holiday treats lurking around, it’s easy to overload your body with junk food, which can keep your immune system from functioning optimally. Remember to eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables and keep the sugar, alcohol, and highly processed foods to a minimum. Our CBD oils can be a great addition to your everyday diet.
Stay Hydrated and Moisturized
Fall and winter weather can be especially dry, so hydration is key to staying healthy. Drinking plenty of water keeps your entire body functioning properly. It can also help flush out toxins from your system. Aim for at least 60 ounces of pure filtered water per day.
Keeping your skin moisturized is important to prevent cracked lips as well as dry skin. Our CBD topical balms are filled with eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary oils to soothe and calm irritated skin.
Get Plenty of Rest
To keep your immune system strong during cold and flu season make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Your body repairs and heals itself during sleep, and depriving yourself of proper rest can leave you vulnerable to infections. Disconnecting from every day schedules is another way that helps to manage tension and also important to a healthy immune system. Tension increases your body’s production of cortisol, which suppresses immune function. Try deep breathing, meditating, yoga, journaling, or any activity that makes you feel calm. Supplementing with organic hemp CBD is a great way to stay relaxed and get a good night’s rest.
Wash Your Hands
Make sure to wash your hands regularly with warm soapy water to keep germs at bay. Illness causing bacteria and viruses can live on hard surfaces for over 24 hours. You never know what kind of pathogens you’ve been exposed to, so take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of illness.
Take Immune Boosting Herbs and Supplements
Many herbs and supplements can give your immune system a little extra oomph during cold and flu season. Less sunlight during the winter means that your body produces less vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels are linked to greater risk of infection. Supplementing with 1,000-4,000 IU of vitamin D per day can help compensate for the lack of sunshine.
Another essential for seasonal wellness is elderberry. Elderberry is rich in antioxidants and can enhance immune function and increase antibody production. It also has been shown to directly inhibit the influenza virus. Olive oil, which can be found in Green Gorilla CBD oils, also contains polyphenols which are natural antioxidants.
Garlic is a staple in most people’s kitchens and is also a powerful antimicrobial and immune booster. Research shows that garlic has potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and can boost the disease-fighting response of white blood cells.
A key factor in immune system function is a healthy endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system keeps your body in a state of homeostasis or balance during the change of seasons. Supplementing with CBD such as Green Gorilla’s certified organic hemp products can keep you in a state of optimal health and wellness all year round.