Boosting Your Immune System

As the days grow colder and the nights get longer, it’s harder to stay active and to eat a healthy diet. I say it’s time to put some ‘winter time’ strategies in place that will boost your immune system.  Look at it as an early gift to yourself.


Your diet is one of the best ways to ensure continued health throughout the year. According to some new research published in a journal called Cell, cruciferous vegetables – Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Turnip and Rutabaga  can help protect your immune health.

Leslie Beck, a dietician that writes a column called Food for Thought in the Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, reported on this new research. Check out her website for ways to include these wunderkind veggies in your diet. Look for the article called: Want to ward off colds this season? Start in your fridge. I am a fan of her writing style.

Exercise/Active Living

You all know this is important. Whether you go for short bouts of activity throughout your day or you spend 3-4 hours a week doing cardio, weights and stretching, it all counts. Take some of your breaks outside. Fresh air is not only good for your immune system but it relieves stress as well. Make it more like exercise by leaving the errands for later, and focus on the added perk of taking a mental break.

Alternative Health Therapies

My choice is Homeopathy. If you're interested, and live in the Vancouver area, check out Homeopathy Vancouver.


Getting enough sleep, factoring in some daily fun, staying warm and taking the right amount of Vitamin D rounds out the formula for boosting your immune system.  Now, isn’t enjoying the benefits of good health the best way to motivate yourself into sticking with the plan?