It is this time of year when the children go back to school and there is a breath of autumn in the air.
The evenings are a few degrees cooler and you almost reach for the central heating, but tell yourself that it is "much too early".
September is also one of the busiest months of the year (for me at least!); When we come back from vacation and have only four months a year left to do all the things we said we would do in January but haven't quite happened yet.
To help you keep up with the pace and ward off these school rogues, here are some of my favorite personal tips to boost your immune system.
Bring your gut to good health
After all, it is responsible for two thirds of your immune system.
Your natural intestinal flora is unique to you and has evolved over generations. Every time you take antibiotics or have a bad stomach defect, you destroy large amounts of the good bacteria – the real soldiers.
Invest in a good pre- and pro-biotic. There are some theories that these can be particularly beneficial for people without attachments (like me). But there is enough for a completely different blog.
This is a great book if you want to read more on the subject.
Refuel the vitamin tank
If you feel a cold, press it into the bud with a lot of fresh smoothies. Ideally with all the squeezed ginger that you can apply.
An addition that I swear by is Wellness Formula. The tablets used to be the size of a torpedo and were terrible to come down on. Now they are available in easy-to-swallow capsules. Always read the label!
Consider Herbal Healing
My weak point is my chest. I often fight colds very quickly, but I have a persistent cough.
My newly found remedy is fresh thyme. Put in hot water for five minutes, strain, add some honey and lemon and drink. It's actually pretty tasty, and the thyme's antibacterial properties are great for eliminating breast infections.
I also find it a great cough suppressant and much better than over-the-counter syrups.
Close one eye
Go to bed early and rest. It is the best medicine. This is because during the third and fourth phases of sleep, our body works to restore itself.
At this point, the immune system releases a complex combination of proteins, hormones, and chemicals (including T cells – a form of white blood cells) into our circulation that fight infection and help the body deal with stress. ]
Sleep is also vital for healthy brain function so that you can be more productive the next day. You can move mountains if you sleep well!