Fall Season

Fall Season

While the fall season can bring beautiful changing trees, crisp air and holiday fun, it can also mean the beginning of flu and cold season. But Autumn brings the goods to fight back: a bountiful harvest of immune boosting ingredients for those welcomed fall comfort food dishes.

Soups, stews and casseroles are back on the menu as the temperatures drop, and the seasons best are loaded with antioxidants found in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and lycopene. Chili is a perfect example of a fall favorite that contains numerous immune fighting ingredients. Your chili recipe doesn’t have to limit the spotlight to just meat and beans. Adding more of nature’s best will not only boost immune fighting properties, but add delicious flavor.Try a new spin on an old favorite, such as this super immunity chili recipe, which boasts lots of garlic, which has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties: http://goodcleanhealth.com/recipes/sarahs-chili/

Or, try a festive recipe to embrace the fall harvest, such as this pumpkin soup recipe, prepared and served from the pumpkin:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/whole-pumpkin-pie-soup-recipe-1922442

Lean meats also help boost immunity by providing rich sources of iron, B12, B3, B6 and zinc.Grass-fed lean meats can also help boost immunity and contain up to five times as much Omega-3s than conventional meat from grain-fed animals.In some cases, grass-fed beef has been shown to contain slightly less saturated and monounsaturated fats also.Fatty fish such as Wild Alaskan Salmon is a great source of omega-3s and vitamin D, which are also immune boosting nutrients.Egg yolks are another great source of vitamin D, with pasture-raised varieties containing up to four times more vitamin D.

Keeping active and participating in stress-reducing activities is also an important part of keeping up the immune system. Staying active during the cooler seasons is important to reducing stress and staying healthy during cold and flu season. It will even help warm up your body during the colder days. Make time for three 10 minute walks during the day to boost immunity, if a 30-minute walk can’t be done all at once. Yoga is another great immune-boosting activity that will help not only reduce stress, but keep muscles toned and limber as the cold weather season moves in. Stress reducing activities such as meditation, breathing exercises and massage are all proven methods to reducing stress.Trying to incorporate at least one of these immune boosting activites in each day can help you feel your best during this beautiful season.