Dr. Ceridwen Rankin is holding an Immune Talk session at the clinic on November 17th at 7:00pm and November 18th at 12:00pm. This is part of the Tea With Our NDs (Naturopathic Doctors) series we’re hosting through the course of the next 12 months.
Admission is a $25 fee, which is applicable to an Initial Assessment with Dr. Rankin. Included in the admission cost is a warm cup of tea, the talk itself, and a nifty swag bag.
You can book the talk on November 17th, here. You can book the talk on November 18th, here. Max attendance is 10 people.
Over the past 4 years the flu season has been becoming more severe, leading to more hospitalizations- about 8000 hospitalizations were reported in Canada in the 2014/2015 flu season. This highlights why it is important to keep your immune system as strong as possible throughout the cold and flu season. Doing small things every day is the best way to stay as healthy as possible.
The following are some things you can do to support your immune system this season.
Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables
Vegetables and fruits are filled with phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals which support proper functioning of the immune system. I recommend eating 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, as diet is one of the foundations of a healthy immune system, and for preventing illness. If eating 8 servings of vegetables a day seems daunting, try increasing your intake by 1-2 servings per day each week.
Exercise is the second part of the foundation of a healthy immune system. A low to moderate amount of exercise supports immune function. Exercise improves circulation throughout the entire body including the circulation of white blood cells, immune cells, which fight illness. Exercise causes a low amount of stress to the body which may be protective. However, when you exercise it is important to not overdo it and overstress your body which has the opposite effect of making you more susceptible to illness.
Add tea to you daily routine
Almost every line of teas has an immune boosting tea. Some of the ones I use most often include; Echinacea plus by Traditional Medicinals, or plain reishi tea. Reishi is an antimicrobial and antiviral mushroom which activates some cells of the immune system. If you prefer a sweeter tea, you can always add a bit of honey. Conversely, you can always make your own tea at home. Enjoy the recipe for Ginger Tea below!
1.5 inches ginger, peeled and chopped
¾ inch turmeric peeled and chopped
3 cups water
Honey to taste
Combine the turmeric, ginger and water in a saucepan over med-high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add honey to taste.