This is the time of year that some affectionately refer to as “cold and flu season”, but “cold, flu and immune system problems” is perhaps a more fitting title. As the weather outside turns frightful and the sharp cold air fills your lungs as you step outside, it is important to focus on maintaining a healthy immune system. A strong immune system is our body's first line of defense against illness and disease. By taking care of our immune system, we can reduce our risk of getting sick and improve our overall health and well-being. The first step in supporting or maintaining a healthy immune system is recognizing when your immune system needs attention. As we age, our immune systems become weaker which makes us more susceptible to infections in general and more serious illnesses such as pneumonia and bronchitis. We want you to enjoy this season feeling at your best, so we want you to know the signs that your immune system may need a boost. Taking steps to support your immune system will help you stay strong, healthy, and free from cold and flu throughout the colder season.

Sinus pain and pressure

Sinus pain and pressure is a common symptom of a variety of conditions, but it is also a sign that your immune system needs attention. When the sinuses become inflamed and congested, it is often a sign that the body is fighting off an infection or allergic reaction. This can put a lot of strain on the immune system, which can then lead to other issues. For example, if the immune system is struggling to fight off an infection, it may be more likely to develop a cold or flu. Additionally, chronic sinus issues can also lead to chronic fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms that can impact your overall health and well-being. It is important to pay attention to your sinus pain and pressure and address any underlying issues to support the health of your immune system. This can include incorporating immune-boosting foods into your diet, getting enough rest and exercise, and managing stress levels. By taking care of your immune system, you can help prevent sinus issues altogether. 

Lack of energy and brain fog

If you are constantly feeling tired and experiencing brain fog, it could be another sign that your immune system needs your help. When your immune system is not functioning properly, it can lead to a range of health issues, including a lack of energy and brain fog. You find yourself more tired and listless during the winter months. You may also find it hard to concentrate on your tasks. Many attribute this to 'winter blues', but it's actually a sign that your body is working hard to repair itself. When you find yourself feeling blue or just ready to put everything down and do nothing at all, focus on boosting your immune system through a balanced and nutritious diet, regular exercise, and proper sleep. You may even need to speak with your health care provider about incorporating supplements into your daily diet, as well as adding more immune-boosting foods such as purple tea, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and turmeric to support a healthy immune system. Taking care of your immune system will also improve your energy levels and cognitive function.

Frequent colds or scratchy throat 

If you find yourself frequently suffering from colds or a scratchy throat, it may be yet another sign that your immune system needs some care. The immune system is responsible for protecting the body from foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. When it is functioning properly, it can quickly identify and attack these invaders to keep you healthy. However, if your immune system is weakened, it may not be able to effectively fight off these invaders, leading to frequent colds and scratchy throats. In addition to a healthy, balanced diet, you also need to stay hydrated with lots of immunity powered fluids like Purpose purple tea, water, or orange juice, and wash your hands regularly to reduce your risk of getting sick. If you continue to experience frequent colds and scratchy throats despite taking these steps, it may be worth talking to your doctor to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.

These are signs that you should be sleeping more, taking vitamins, getting more sleep, and filling your plates and cups with immunity-boosting, antioxidant powered foods like greens, nuts, and purple tea. Drinking a bottle of Purpose purple tea can be a simple and delicious way to boost your immune system and promote overall health. The antioxidants found in purple tea are not only 50% more than you would find in any other tea or beverage, they can help protect against free radicals and support the immune system, making it a valuable addition to your diet. Not only is purple tea packed with health benefits, but it also has a unique flavor that sets it apart from other teas. Try any of our delicious purple tea flavors and enjoy the benefits of a stronger and healthier immune system this season and turn the winter blues into purple positivity!