Whether suffering mildly or severely from a depleted immune system, it is essential that you boost your immunity before the onslaught of winter, travelling and for optimal health. Boosting your immunity to enhance its ability to react rapidly to a new invader makes all the difference between a minor 24 hour snuffle OR a week in bed with the flu. Try and allow your immune system to effectively do its job correctly by supporting and strengthening it naturally with an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced diet full of antioxidant-rich foods. As a health copywriter here are my other suggestions.
Signs Your Immunity Needs Boosting
You catch more than three colds a year.
Suffer from a stomach bug each year.
Find it hard to shift an infection (cold or otherwise).
Prone to thrush or cystitis.
Take at least one course of antibiotics each year.
Glands in your neck, armpits or groin feel tender.
Allergies Suffer an auto-immune condition.
How To Boost Your Immunity
Eat a nutritious diet full of a right balance of protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Heaps of fresh vegetables, mixed berries, and citrus fruits.
Load your meals up with onion, garlic, turmeric, ginger, horseradish, and cayenne.
Check your iron levels are not low.
Eat a good supply of probiotic foods or take a good probiotic supplement to improve your digestion. Optimal digestion improves our immunity because a large percentage of our protection lies in our gut.
Drink a mug of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice every morning.
Drink freshly squeezed orange juice to build your vitamin C levels.
When suffering from a cold or any low immunity conditions, limit any mucus-forming foods including; milk, cheese, bread, soft drinks, chocolate, cakes, processed foods.
Check for any food allergies and avoid them for optimal immunity.
Eat chia seeds and fish high in omega oils including; salmon, tuna or sardines at least three times a week.
Cook some delicious homemade soups with fresh vegetables, chicken broth, barley and split peas. Chicken soup is our favourite when we have a cold.
Exercise, yoga and any other form of stress release that works for you. Numerous studies have found that low psychological states (stress, depression, and grief) depress our immune system.