7 Holistic Tips to Stay Healthy This Fall

Ashton August
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Suddenly, we have arrived in fall. A cool, crisp breeze is in the air, and the inevitable cold and flu season is looming. While we can’t control the changing of the seasons, we can take control of our health. Here are 7 not-so-typical, yet highly effective methods of combating colds and avoiding flus. What’s more? These holistic methods can be used all year round for a healthier, more wholesome you!
 

1. Coconut water

Ever wonder why coconut water has gotten so popular in the yoga community? Coconut water rebalances the body’s natural level of hydration. Because it is nearly identical to blood plasma, it has been used as intravenous fluid during emergency transfusions. With fifteen times the potassium of sports drinks and five key electrolytes, it promises maximum hydration without the sugar or artificial ingredients.
 

2. Turmeric

Used in India for thousands of years as a spice and herbal remedy, Turmeric is believed to be one of the world’s most effective nutritional supplements. From preventing and treating everything from Alzheimer’s, Depression, Arthritis, and even cancer, this powerful herb packs a punch! It’s high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds help combat colds and keep the body running strong. Make sure the Turmeric you pick up has Curcumin in it. We recommend this Turmeric from Eden Pond.
 

 

3. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea is an herb that has been traditionally used by Native American tribes to prevent and treat infections because it stimulates the immune system. It can even be used to treat wounds and skin conditions like acne or boils. Drinking it in hot tea form has the added holistic benefit of reducing cold/flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, cough, and mucus build-up. Hot tea soothes your sickness, so drink up! Our favorite brand is Traditional Medicinals. You can get it here.
 

4. Noni Fruit

Morinda Citrifolia, otherwise known as Noni, is a fruit native to the unspoiled islands of Tahiti and Hawaii. South Pacific islanders have used Noni for over 2,000 years for its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.  Noni fruit supports and strengthens the immune system. It also detoxifies the liver and digestive system, aiding in the absorption of nutrients so you have more energy and stamina.
 

5. Wheatgrass

A superfood is defined as a nutrient-rich food especially beneficial for health and well-being. Wheatgrass is at the top of the superfood list, named as one of the most potent leafy greens on earth! Packed with key vitamins and minerals, it supports the immune system and aids the body’s detoxification process. Wheatgrass supports body alkalinity, and promises a daily serving of vegetables.
 

6. Neti Pot

One of our favorite holistic defenses against sinus congestion, the neti pot will knock your flu and allergy decongestants out of the park! Don’t believe us? Ask the ear nose and throat surgeons who prescribe the neti pot to patients suffering from nasal issues.  Neti pots are typically made out of ceramic, glass, metal or plastic (we recommend ceramic or glass) and rely on gravity and head positioning to rinse the sinuses. The neti pot helps thin mucus with its saline solution, and the warm water helps flush it out of the nasal passage.
 

7. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine used to treat an impressively broad range of issues, from physical pain to infertility. Recently, acupuncture has gained popularity in the Western world for its holistic healing affects. Not surprisingly, acupuncture effectively treats colds by boosting the amount of red and white blood cells in the body. Studies have shown that patients who receive preventative treatment throughout the year experience significantly less colds and flus.
 
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the start of cold and flu season! With these simple yet effective holistic remedies, you can avoid getting sick in the first place, and continue on your path to a healthier, happier, more empowered you! Take control of your health!
 
Do you have any other holistic recommendations for staying healthy in the fall? Let us know in the comments below.
 

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Ashton August

Ashton is a writer, yoga instructor and Editorial Director here at YogiApproved.com. If she's not bustin' out articles or producing YogiApproved videos, you can find her teaching Buti Yoga, hugging her puppies, or traveling the world with her beau. Follow her on social @ashtonaugustyoga

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