The following are some winter immune boosting tips that are simple to follow.
Eat light, warm foods.
Avoid eating or drinking anything cold, because cold foods and drinks will reduce the digestive fire.
Avoid heavy, difficult to digest sweets and fried foods. Enjoy sweet root vegetables, broths and soups.
Include warming spices such as cardamom, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon in your foods.
Explore including in your diet, Ayurvedic Rejuvenative herbs taken as teas or tonics such as Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Triphala, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Tulsi (holy basil), Chyavanprash (an Ayurvedic formulation of rejuvenating herbs plus honey and ghee). All these are available at your health food store or online at various Ayurvedic herbal suppliers.
Daily self-massage in the morning with warm oils such as sesame or sunflower. It strengthens the skin and muscles and nourishes the tissues. This practice daily enhances a feeling of wellbeing.
Take warm baths in the evening with Epsom salts and warming essential oils such as ginger, cardamom, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, cedar, pine, juniper, basil.
Make sure to get enough sleep and avoid oversleeping.
Enjoy warming and energizing exercises such as active yoga, walking, hiking, and snowshoeing. These enhance circulation and build strength.
Allow yourself space and time for meditative reflection, inner contemplation, and pranayama practice.