You’ve winterized your home and your car, now its time to fortify your body against winter chills the natural way. Here are some foolproof tips to boosting your immune system to fight winter germs like a ninja. I recently went on a 21-day immune boost course with Greenmoxie contributor and yoga renegade, Mara Panacci. Here’s just some of the amazing ways she helps keep healthy over the winter.
Good Food= Good Mood!
Avoid processed foods when you are boosting your immune system. Saturated fats common in processed foods negatively affect the macrophanges which combat harmful bacteria in the body. Deficiencies in Vitamin A, iron and zinc slow our body’s ability to fight the flu.
Stock up instead on whole foods that are natural and organic. Focus on:
- Alliums: Onions, leeks, chives and garlic
- Cabbage Family: Cauliflower, broccoli cabbage, kale and brussel spouts
- Fish: Salmon is particularly high in Vitamin D
- Mushrooms: Our little fungi friends contain selenium which help white blood cells produce cytokines which fight infection and the antimicrobial fiber called glucan.
- Yogurt: Your digestive tract plays an important function in your immune system. Keep it healthy with the good bacteria of prebiotics and probiotics found in yogurt and other fermented foods.
- Immune boosting herbs include turmeric, thyme, ginseng and Echinacea
Studies show that mindful meditation really helps to boost the immune system. Stress is one of the biggest contributing factors in reducing the efficacy of your immune system and mediation helps to combat stress. Meditation helps to improve brain function and boosts immunity. Just ten minutes a day can have a profound effect on your health and well-being.
Here is a ten minute mediation to help you relax from Positive Magazine:
Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to help your body repair itself. You can sleep better by reducing stress, eating well and getting enough exercise. Avoid drinking too much alcohol or other stimulants like soda and coffee for at least four hours before bedtime.
Getting enough vitamin D requires exposure to the sun. If it’s too cold to go outside, sit near a window and catch some rays. If you aren’t able to get enough sun, take a vitamin D substitute or eat foods high in vitamin D like salmon, oysters, sausages, mushrooms, eggs, fortified soy products and ham.
A great way to start your day is with a turmeric shot. This sucker looks a little scary, but it tastes great and gets your metabolism running and boosts your immune system.
What you need:
- 2-inch square piece of peeled and chopped ginger
- ½ tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. honey
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
Place the ginger in ½ cup water and bring to the boil. Put the lid on the pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour the ginger decoction into a cup. Add turmeric, honey and cayenne pepper. Give it a stir and enjoy! This is a great immune boosting anti-oxidant.
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