Believe it or not but cold and flu season is right around the corner which means NOW is the time to boost your immune system to prevent using up all of your sick days come November!  Instead of feeding your body medicine and pills that contain questionable ingredients, here are 5 natural ways to boost your immune system this year!

Load up on foods that contain tons of vitamin D!

New research shows that vitamin D rich foods instantly give your immune system the boost it needs! At your local grocery store, fill up on green leafy vegetables like Kale, Collards, Spinach, Turnip greens, Beet greens, Mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli and Onions .

Don’t wait for the weekend to catch up on your Zzzs!
If you think getting 5 hours of sleep per day and loading up on coffee will do the trick – think again! Sleep depredation not only makes you more prone to catching colds and the flu but it also plays a role on your body’s ability to fight illnesses! Try to plan each night for 7 or 8 hours of sleep.

Sweet Poison!
That sliver of chocolate cake or extra can of fizzy sugary soda could not only add inches to your love handles, but sugar actually lowers your immune system. The refined sugar found in dessert treats lacks minerals and vitamins and actually paralyzes the immune system by destroying the white blood cells, reduces production of antibodies and interferes with the transport of Vitamin C.

Powerful Vitamin C!
One of the most important immune system booster and the tastiest is Vitamin C! This powerful vitamin increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells, increases level of interferon and prevents viruses from entering your body. And as an added perk, it’s super easy to stock your body up! Fill your fridge with strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, bell peppers and grapefruits! Getting your vitamin fix never tasted this good.

Natural Syrup Inspired by Mother Nature!
Sometimes it’s too late and the cold has embedded itself onto your weekend plans. For quick remedy relief, try Maty’s All Natural Cough Syrup that is loaded with simple ingredients like buckwheat honey, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon this syrup has been proven to kill colds quickly.

Carolyn Harrington is the founder of Maty’s Healthy Products and a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, trained in many aspects of natural medication, including Nutrition, Herbs and various mind/body therapies. She has studied the art of the hands-on-healing technique of Quantum Touch Healing and is currently studying for her certification as an Applied Kinesiology Healing Practitioner, a natural healing technique that uses muscle testing to analyze overall health of an individual and recommend lifestyle changes based on results.