We can count them on your fingers: 10 wholesome tips to forge an invincible shield and naturally strengthen the army of antibodies that protect our bodies.
Start the day right
Your daily health routine can be as simple as …drinking a cup of hot water and lemon juice. Start on the right foot: every morning, on an empty stomach, cleanse your body with hot water and lemon juiceand, if your throat tickles, don’t hesitate to stir in a spoonful of honey.
Lemon and honey are a quintessential health combo. As an alternative, add a heaping tablespoon of turmeric, one of the best natural anti-inflammatories, or try the new Limmi Lemon and Ginger which, taken every morning with a cup of hot water also helps boost your metabolism.
Drink lots of water
Keep your body hydrated all day long by drinking lots of water, perhaps flavoured with lemon juice and mint leaves. Wouldn’t you agree that nothing beats a cup of herbal tea for overcoming the first bouts of cold weather and prevent seasonal illnesses?
Try one of these wholesome tisanes or a steaming hot cup of echinacea tea enhanced by Limmi original or sweetened lemon juice. Enjoy them as a mid-morning snack, at tea time with a lemon cookie , or at night before going to bed.
Choose seasonal fruit and vegetables
In the 19th century German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach stressed the importance of proper nutrition by saying “We are what we eat”. So, go ahead and eat all the fruit and vegetables you wish, but especially seasonal ones. Apples, oranges and kiwi, for example, contain a bounty of vitamins. Try them in fruit salad, sweetened with Limmi Sweet, or in a smoothie.
Vegetables can also be a welcome surprise: they are good for you and taste good, especially when dressed with a few drops of lemon juice. And, if your children turn up their noses at the sight of veggies in their dish, you can resort to a few veggie disguising tricks.
Fill up on vitamin C
Nicknamed the vitamin of well-being, and long used to prevent colds and overcome the symptoms of influenza, vitamin C is among the group of water-soluble vitamins that must be regularly replenished through our diet, and that we recommend supplementing daily. Should we start with the most important meal of the day, and have a nice lemon flavoured breakfast?
Now you plenty to choose from: a soft and delicate plum cake, irresistible biscuits with the exhilarating scent of lemon and our entire selection of cakes. There are light ones, like the water one, without butter, lactose, or eggs, and sinfully delicious classics like grandma’s cake.
All can be paired with orange and lemon juice or lemon tea.
In short, starting the day with the right amount of energy and filling up on vitamin C can be a simple, and delicious habit!
Avoid consuming excessive amounts of fatty and fried foods, especially in the evening, and take care of your second brain, the intestine. Regular bowel movements help remove toxins and boost your immune system response even at the humoral level. Try having our cleansing smoothie in the morning, followed by an unusual smoothie at tea time and, in the evening after supper, drink a nice ginger and lemon tisane to facilitate digestion and detox your digestive system. You will also start to see your skin brighten up like a sunny day.
Take a walk every day
Walking for 30 minutes a day is all it takes to jump start your metabolism, lower blood pressure, and ensure your body responds to any bacterial or viral threat in the most effective manner.
Going for a walk will also lift your spirits. Simple physical activities, like walking, induce mental relaxation, stimulate production of endorphins and serotonin, and help your body eliminate toxins. Just remember to bring along a refreshing lemon-based isotonic beverage.
Get enough sleep
Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep…your immune system needs to rest and recharge too. Getting enough sleep will also help brighten your skin and flatten your tummy. If you have a hard time falling asleep – in spite of counting lemons – before getting into your pyjamas and hugging the pillow, drink a cup of chamomile tea flavoured with lemon juice and sweetened with 1 teaspoon of honey, take a nice hot bath or indulge in a super relaxing foot bath.
Take natural supplements
Spirulina, garlic, turmeric, ginger, honey, carrot and fennel, combined with lemon juice are natural sources of essential nutrients and vitamins that boost and strengthen your body’s defences, particularly during the cold season, and whenever your body tells you it’s time to recharge its batteries.
You should not underestimate the role of flavonoids and bioflavonoids, a family of powerful antioxidants that includes quercetin. Once naturally activated by the vitamin C in lemon juice, quercetin effectively boosts the body’s defences against influenza viruses. You can start “the cure” with this delicious red chicory risotto.
Free your mind
Cast away negative thoughts and lower your cortisol (the stress hormone) by laughing out loud at least once a day. Use your hands to create something and release stress. In fact, using your hands is said to help free the mind. So you could knead a pie crust, or make a d.i.y. beauty treatment for your hands or face. You can also relax by doing bricolage, creating a scented autumn leaves basket or reorganizing closets, perhaps to the beat of songs that recall the freshness of lemon juice.
Bask in the sunlight
Being outside in the sunlight, even in winter, helps increase our vitamin D levels.
Why do we need vitamin D? Our bodies use it to regulate calcium metabolism and normalize blood phosphorus levels. It’s rarely found in foods, but can be replenished by exposing the skin to sunlight. This will help calcium “stick” to your bones, thereby preventing osteoporosis , and modulating immune system related inflammatory conditions like psoriasis, and strengthening your teeth, which can also be whitened while getting rid of bad breath with the help of lemon juice.