The Immune System is the body defense mechanism to fight off invaders. Our immune system is an amazing work of nature — it does a very good job of fighting off illnesses and infections when it is in good condition.
Your body ordinarily will do a pretty good job at keeping your immune system up to strength. But there are some things that you can do to help boost it naturally…
Here is a list of some immune boosting remedies:
POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Adopt a positive frame of mind. Even though we live in a world of stress, if you look for the ‘bright side’, your health may follow. Laughter is good for you.
MOVE YOUR BODY. Keep your body moving. Our modern world has lots of us sitting down at our jobs. Get up and move around once in awhile – take a walk. After your lunch, go out and take a short walk before heading back to work. Spend a few minutes exercising each day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car further back in the parking lot and WALK. Ride a bike.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Drink lots of water throughout the day. You should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to drain the ‘waste’ fluids from your bodies cells.
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GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Most people do not get enough sleep for the work which our bodies do to rejuvenate during our down time. Try to get 8 hours sleep if possible.
REDUCE STRESS. Identify the source of your worst stresses in life and seek ways to reduce them. Perhaps delegate some of it. Or confront it head on and get it over with. Simply accepting the fact that there will be stress in your life may help. Don’t let it get you down. Stress weakens the body and its immune system.
[ Read: Stress in our Modern Way of Life ]
VITAMIN C. This vitamin may be the single most important nutrient for the immune system. It has direct effects on bacteria and viruses. Vitamin C should be taken with bioflavonoids – natural plant substances that enhance absorption and reinforce the action of this vitamin.
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VITAMIN D3. Most people do not get anywhere near enough! K2 is apparently a good one to take with D3.
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GARLIC. Garlic is effective against at least 30 types of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Use lots of it in your meal planning. Onion is a mild immune booster too.
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TURMERIC. This spice has long been lauded for its healthful properties. Turmeric contains curcumin and special compounds that help support many of your body systems including your immune system.
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ECHINACEA. It’s an herb and is used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections.
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NUTS HIGH IN VITAMIN E. Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Hazel nuts, and Brazil nuts. Vitamin-E is a powerful antioxidant.
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GREEN TEA. Green tea can stimulate production of immune cells.
[ Read: Benefits of Drinking Tea ]
RED WINE. Red wine has been reported to aid in the prevention of coronary heart disease and some cancers, however no one has studied whether its alcohol content might offset any benefits. As with anything, “in moderation”.
KALE. One cup of kale will provide your daily requirement of vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps your body fight cancer cells and is essential in the formation of white blood cells. Vitamin A also increases the ability of antibodies to respond to invaders.
HONEY. It’s a natural antibiotic.
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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
[ Read: Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits ]
HEALTHY DIET. For an optimal immune function, a healthy diet is the best solution. One should ensure the diet includes fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, whole grains, and nuts. The diet should be low in fats and refined sugars, and include foods high in carotenes such as yellow and orange squash, dark greens, carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes. Cabbage family foods (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, radish and turnip) help prevent low immunity. The diet must contain adequate amounts of protein. Flavonid rich berries, garlic, yogurt and artichoke also help boost immunity.
The information here is presented as opinion. Consult your doctor.