Seasonal Tips to Support Your Immune System – Part II

Why Water Matters

Staying hydrated is an easy way to support your immune system as we head towards cold and flu season.  Here are my top 4 KrantzWellness hydration tips:

WATER

Our bodies are made up of 75% water.  Staying hydrated is crucial to our well being.  We can go a month without food, but only a few days without water.  Staying hydrated promote a healthy immune system and can reduce cravings, reduce headaches, stabilize weight, and reduce tension.  It is helpful to drink a large glass of water when you wake up to rehydrate from the night and flush toxins from your body.  If you become dehydrated, your sinuses dry out, the lymphatic system slows down, and this can increase your chances of catching a cold or flu.

Humidifier

Running a humidifier in your home is another way to hydrate, especially in the winter, when you turn on the heat.  Remember to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent mold growth.  If you use a wood stove, you can also put a pot of water on the stove which will act as a humidifier.

Neti Pot

Using a neti pot is a great way to reduce sinus congestion and flush toxins.  Make sure to follow the directions and only use distilled or boiled (and then cooled) water.  Smaller tea pots or syringes are available for easier use with children.

Oil Skin

Keeping the skin hydrated helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body.  The skin is one of our primary organs that processes and eliminates toxins.  Applying warm or room temperature oil (sesame or olive oil works well) is a powerful way to support hydration of the skin and lymphatic system.  Before you dry off after a shower/bath, apply a small amount of oil to your skin and then pat dry.  Taking these few minutes to apply oil on your skin will support optimum health.

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