The holiday season is a joyous time of the year, but it’s also a time when our bodies are exposed to more stress, less sleep, more caffeine and alcohol, lots of sugar and unhealthy foods. All of which can wreak havoc on the immune system and especially our gut. Leaving us more susceptible to illness and not feeling optimal.
The immune system is designed to work against diseases in the body. It has a resistive power that fights bad bacteria and viruses that can cause illness and sickness. The immune system is designed perfectly, but our negligence towards our health often weakens the system. If it is not properly cared for, it becomes so weak that even small illnesses like the flu or a cough can become severe. The immune system also becomes dirty by fighting too much bacteria. Cleaning is required to make it strong again.
There are many ways to clean the immune system and boost its power. Here are some ways to do it naturally.
Turmeric is a yellowish spice used in many dishes in Asia. It has proven to be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of many diseases. Very high in anti-toxicants, turmeric helps in fighting against free radical damage. Some studies have shown that an active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, supports the action of B cells, T cells, and natural virus killers in the body. This effect provides support to fight against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Add turmeric to your meals to keep your immune system powerful and clean.
2. Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin. It helps to keep the immune system clean. Deficiency of Vitamin D results in a weak immune system and health problems. Vitamin D can be directly accessed from the sunlight but sun exposure has its own risks, so vitamin supplements are preferred. They are easily available and can be taken daily with no side effects. Vitamin D3 is preferred over D2.
Beetroot is a reddish vegetable with a lot of benefits for the immune system. It helps to restore the body’s PH balance with minerals like iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. These minerals have very strong detoxifying properties. The high content of pectin and betaine found in beetroot also works as an anti-toxicant against bacteria.
4. Colloidal silver:
Colloidal silver has a history of cleaning uses. It has been used as a water purifier and to clean wounds and medical equipment. There is concern that colloidal silver is bad for skin and health because it turns the body bluish-gray. This is due to a substance called argyria. But argyria is actually a result of silver abuse and excess consumption. Colloidal silver is best for the purification of an immune system but should be taken in very small doses. “Silver Fuzion” is most recommended.
5. A mixture of apple and ginger:
The combination of apple and ginger helps to cleanse the body. One benefit is that it’s very easy to prepare and store. Combine eight ounces of organic or freshly pressed apple with one teaspoon of ginger. Mix them with a small amount of husk in it or blend it.
6. Green tea:
Green tea can cleanse your immune system and make your skin fresh. It is tasty and can be made easily. It has many anti-toxicants that help to flush toxins from your body. In addition, green tea is rich in catechins, which helps to improve liver function.
7. Lemonade Cleanser:
Lemon has natural cleansing properties. Although consuming lemon directly is slightly unpleasant, you can easily make a natural, healthy lemonade. Combine four tablespoons of fresh, organic lemon juice, a half teaspoon of real maple syrup, and a half teaspoon of pepper in a ten ounces glass of water. Mix well. Drink it daily and you’ll notice a change in your immune system.
If you desire more taste, you can add things like organic berries and herbs, such as mint.
8. rest and relax:
Sleep and de-stressors are very important for a healthy immune system. Especially around the holidays, our sleep is often compromised. We tend to stay up later or consume sugary foods and drinks that may keep us awake or restless. It’s important to try to go to bed around the same time every night. Incorporate things such as meditation or breathing techniques to calm the body and mind. Shutting down electronics at least an hour before bed helps as well.
9. Incorporate probiotics:
I consume healthy probiotics on a daily basis but especially bump them up this time of the year. Probiotics are beneficial in aiding gut health ( where much disease is formed). To naturally boost your gut health and immune system, consume things like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir and other naturally fermented foods. When choosing probiotics, I recommend choosing ones of good quality. Which often are stored in the refrigerator.
Probiotics are especially important if you’re taking an antibiotic.
10. Incorporate Bone Broth:
As children, we often consumed grilled cheese sandwiches and Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup when we didn’t feel well. No offense to my mom, but now I understand why my grandmother cooked with homemade broth. Organic bone broth is one of the best things you can consume to help aid your immune system and support gut health. Not only is it delicious and easy to make, it’s extremely beneficial in supporting your health. For a healthy and easy recipe, click here: http://kimwilson.me/homemade-bone-broth-recipe/
Additional healthy foods include raw garlic, ginger, raw and Manuka honey, oregano oil and mushrooms (such as maitake, reishi and shiitake).
Herbs are also beneficial when supporting overall health and boosting the immune system. For healthy herb options and how to use them, click here: Healthy Herbs
Incorporating a few or many of these tips will not only help boost your immune system, but support a healthy gut and body. As we transition from the holiday season into the New Year, especially during the colder months when germs are more common, I recommend exercising these natural immune supporters.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!