A relaxing, infused bath can super-charge immunity. How it works: Soaking in warm water spiked with apple cider vinegar raises the body’s pH to an optimal level, which makes the body a less hospitable environment for bacteria and viruses. I recommend doing the following twice a week during cold and flu season: Run a tub of the hottest water you can tolerate. Add 2 cups of organic apple cider vinegar. Soak until the water is cool, then don’t shower for at least 4 hours afterward to allow the vinegar to soak into your skin.
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).