5 Immune Boosters for Cold & Flu Season September 30, 2015 Portland Healing Space 1. Whip Up a Turmeric Honey BombAlong with being a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that can bring relief to people suffering from joint pain, studies have shown curcumin to be anti-tumor, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, as well as being a powerful assistant in liver detox, because of this, turmeric has been used for centuries to promote healing of the stomach, gut, and liver.Curcumin is tricky though, and it isn’t quite so easy as adding turmeric to your food to reap all the benefits of this antioxidant. To get the most out of turmeric, it is best to combine this autumnal spice with black pepper, which contains piperine (the compound that makes pepper so peppery) – piperine increases curcumin’s absorption by 2000%! Here's a great recipe for Turmeric Honey Bombs. 2. Get the Proper Amount of SleepThis can be a real challenge for some of us, but getting the rest your body needs is an integral part of keeping your immune system up to date on the current virus fighting protocols. Circadian Rhythms, your body's internal clock, work to keep your body running smoothly by controlling temperature and the release of hormones. In general, you will feel best when your lifestyle is in line with your circadian rhythm. It's wise to establish healthful routines of eating, exercising and sleeping that work for you and you can stick with every day so you can focus on staying healthy this season. The average number is about 8 hours a night. 3. Add Bone Broth to Your DietA healthy digestive system is the keystone of good health. When made from scratch with bones from pasture raised beef or chicken or other healthy animals, broth is not only easy to digest, it actually helps to strengthen the digestive system. Bone broth inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, for example, and fights inflammation, courtesy of anti-inflammatory amino acids such as arginine. It contains valuable minerals in a form your body can easily absorb and use, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur chondroitin, glucosamine, and a variety of trace minerals. 4. Drink Some Fire CiderHot, pungent, sour, and sweet, fire cider is certainly not for the faint of heart. Yet this spicy medicine has been revered for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flu, aid digestion, and increase circulation. Fire cider can be sipped neat on its own, mixed with other beverages, or used in cooking. Get the recipe here. 5. Try Our Herbal Soup MixThe Chinese firmly believe that a person's health is affected by the kind of food he consumes. All food items contain properties that affect bodily functions. In fact, every ingredient in the Chinese kitchen is supposed to have a different effect on the body. Our soup mix is intended to be cooked with chicken or vegetables; the woody herb, Astragalus, is removed before eating. Each bag makes 4 generous servings providing 40 grams of bulk herbs/serving.Learn about the herbs included in this mix: Lotus seed, Lycium, Dioscorea, Polygonatum, Black fungus, Codonopsis, Astragalus, Longan.