It seems like everyone is sick right now. I always find that the transition between seasons can lead to fatigue, a foggy feeling and even a full blown cold or stomach bug. I’ve put together a few tips (and a delicious recipe) to help you weather this transition and stay well.
1. Slow down. If you find that you’re constantly trying to be everywhere and do everything, and you are finding yourself getting sick, slooow down because your body is sending you a message that you should do less. This weekend, try to make fewer plans and relax as much as you can.
2. Cleanse. In Ayurveda, it’s recommended that we cleanse our bodies each season. When we’re overloading our bodies with foods that our body doesn’t like, our immune systems must get overwhelmed and have a harder time defending our bodies from viruses and bacteria. This is why diet is so important in making our immune systems strong!
3. Drink this. I always find myself drinking this in the colder weather. It’s a superfood hot chocolate of sorts, with chaga mushroom tea as the base (that you can’t taste). Chaga mushrooms are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, and help to boost your immune system. In Russia and Siberia where they were first used as folk medicine, chaga mushrooms were thought to be magic! Whenever I fear that I’ll catch the stomach bug that’s going around, I start drinking chaga tea like it’s my job. Here’s a recipe for an energizing hot chocolate made with raw chocolate. In the colder weather I actually drink this instead of coffee in the morning.
- 1.5 cups strong chaga tea (brew it overnight with boiled, not boiling water)
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
- shake of cinnamon
- splash of almond or nut milk or swirl of coconut oil
- Put all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat slowly until warm (don’t allow to boil). Pour into a mug and drink warm.
Health Benefits of Chaga Tea
- Immune system booster – chaga is a rich source of beta glucans and polysaccharides, essential nutrients for the immune system due to their anti-inflammatory properties which increase the body’s production of white blood cells to battle infections
- Adaptogen – in herbal terms, adaptogens help the body adapt to stressful situations
Here’s to a strong immune system in the chilly weather. xo Andrea
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Who is Andrea?
I’m a holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher. And I’m passionate about helping people live their healthiest and most enjoyable lives possible. I believe in the art and science of nutrition – using kitchen alchemy, key nutrients and the magic of herbs to help my clients and readers achieve total health bliss.