Did you know that the coldest month in the SF Bay Area is January? And that the body isn’t as effective fighting off viruses, such as the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, when cold air enters the nose and upper airways?

For these two reasons and many more, today I’d like to share 4 easy-to-follow health tips to help you get through this cold and rainy winter season!

 1. Drink warm lemon water the first thing in the morning.

When you drink lemon water that’s warm, you’re helping kickstart your metabolic system, regulate your digestive system, hydrate your body, flush out toxins, and provide a healthy amount of Vitamin C which boosts your immune system.

2. Keep warm—focus on what you wear and what you eat.

Remember to dress in layers and wear a scarf, hat, and gloves. Staying warm helps keep your immune system active and alert. You can also warm up by adding spices to your food and drink— try ginger and/or cinnamon, which will also increase your circulation.

3. Eat at least 2 servings of vegetables and 1 serving of fruit daily.

This is a great way to increase anti-oxidants in the body which helps the body fight off infections, reduces inflammation, and supports detoxification.

4. Eat foods rich in Omega-3s, such as fish and nuts.

When it’s cold outside, it’s easy to reach for warm comfort food. Keep in mind though, there are many foods processed with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)—such as bagels, canned soups, syrups and more—which can have damaging effects on our brain. To combat these effects, make sure you eat fish and nuts which are rich in Omega-3s and can help reverse the impact of HFCS, plus improve brain functioning.

I hope these four tips help you in your daily effort to stay well! Here’s to a happy and healthy January as well as the rest of the Year!