It’s that time of year, and I’m not talking about holiday prep — although that’s increasingly in full display with each passing day. I’m taking about illness. Everyone seems to be sick, and at even higher rates than usual when temperatures plunge in the northern hemisphere.
In fact, various news channels are reporting that there is a plethora of viral infections making the rounds and hitting hard — so much so that parents are missing work at record rates to take of kids, and themselves, and warnings of shortages of amoxycillin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic for upper respiratory infections, have been issued in the US.
If you find yourself under the weather, or just wanting to shore up the immune systems of your family, here are some tried and true ways to help you stay your healthiest at this time of year. (Please note that this is not intended as medical advice — always check with your health care provider about what health measures you should take.)
Do some form of exercise every day

I don’t know about you but when it’s cold, I just want to curl up by the fire and stay warm. At this time of year it can take extra effort to stick to a morning exercise routine, get out for a walk, or head to the gym. But exercise is essential for good health, keeping our immune systems strong, and managing stress. So commit yourself to doing something every day, – even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
Make bone broth

Bone broth has many reported health benefits, and is super easy to make. While many grocery stories carry it now, the most cost effective way to have bone broth is to make it yourself. All you need are some leftover bones (beef, chicken, pork, fish, etc), some aromatics (onion, carrot, celery, herbs), and a pot full of water. A quick search online will yield various instructions and recipes.
Get some extra sleep

The benefits of good quality sleep are well-known. When you sleep your body repairs itself. Quality sleep is one of the most important ingredients for a strong immune system and for healing from sickness and disease. When the seasons change and viruses are circulating, plan for some extra sleep by going to bed 30-60 min earlier.

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