When you feel like you may be coming down with something, bolster your immune defense with a bath! To get the benefits and stave off illness, run a tub to the hottest temperature you can tolerate, pour in 2 cups of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and soak until the water cools. For best results, don’t shower for at least 4 hours–this gives the vinegar time to fully soak into your skin, raising the body’s pH at the cellular level to boost immunity. Enjoy a soak twice a week to make the body less hospitable for most bacteria and viruses.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).