Winter is officially here and unfortunately the cold, flu season is in full effect. Also in full effect is Covid-19 & the Omicron variant. Now is the time to boost up your immune system and take preventative measures to avoid getting sick. We found vegan chef, Char, holistic tips on boosting up the immune system very helpful so we had to share them with you! Give her a follow at @simplychar__ on Twitter and try these healthy habits today!

1. Warm Water + Ginger, Turmeric & Lemon

As soon as you wake up in the morning go to the kitchen and drink a glass of warm water with ginger, turmeric and lemon in it. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which both have immunity-boosting properties. Ginger also has immunity-boosting properties and can guard against some bacteria. Drinking warm water in the morning preps your gut for the rest of the day and clears the intestines, prevents bloating and gets rid of excess water weight.

2. Ginger, Turmeric

If you're a smoothie type of person then try adding ginger and turmeric in your smoothies/pressed juices and meals whenever possible. Trust you won't even taste the ginger but you will feel the positive effects of it and your body will be immensely grateful! 

3. Elderberry

Get some elderberry in your life! Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. It helps to support heart health, improve antioxidant status, and have a variety of anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, and anti-inflammatory effects. Some health experts recommend taking a tablespoon of elderberry syrup daily or elderberry vitamins. 

4. Sea Moss

Have you ever heard of sea moss? Sea moss is a sea algae that is commonly found along the Atlantic coast and throughout the Caribbean. It's a sea vegetable that is harvested for its health properties, in case you didn't know (because I didn't) the body needs about 102 vitamins and minerals for optimum functionality. And guess what?! Sea moss has 92 of the required 102! So with that being said add sea moss to your smoothies or take a tablespoon of sea moss daily! 

5. Vitamin D 

We already went over Vitamin C so let's talk about Vitamin D now, the "sunshine vitamin." Vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as fighting against certain diseases. Make sure you take your vitamin D supplements because it'll help boost your energy and help prevent seasonal depression. 

6. Movement

Don't get too cozy and lazy under your heated blanket during the cold winter months. Make sure you continue to move around and get some exercise in. Get at least 15-30 minutes of movement in  -4 times a week. 

7. Veggies & Fruit

Let's think about your diet for a second. Are you eating enough vegetables? What about enough fruit? If not, add some to your diet and while you're at it decrease your dairy intake whenever possible. I'm sure you know why veggies and fruit are good for you by now so I won't get into all of that.

8. Meditate

Make sure you incorporate a lot of self-care this winter season. A lot of us are going through so many mixed emotions and it's a lot to juggle. So it's imperative to find a meditation that works for you and practice it at anytime of the day. Stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick.