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Cold and flu season is fast approaching. What can you do now to ward off illnesses later? Sick kids missing school, you missing work, it’s the worst! Read on for our tips to naturally boost immunity in yourself and your family.
Our immune system is a complex system of cells and organs that help us to fend off the foreign proteins that can make us ill. It does not live in a single place in our bodies and its complexity can be easily compromised by unhealthy choices we may make. Stress can also wear us down and increase susceptibility to illness.
Exercise, adequate sleep, and a nutritious diet are things we can control. Filling in gaps in our nutrition with foods and supplements will give our immune system a boost. Exercise and sleep are essential for dealing with our daily stress
Eating to Boost Immunity
A plant-based diet low in red meat is favored by most health professionals. Mushrooms are a great meat replacement because they have immunity boosting properties. Mushrooms like maitake and shiitake are loaded with immunity strengthening nutrients; the basic button mushroom common in the grocery store is a powerhouse as well.
A wide range of nutrients support our immune function, and inadequate levels of any may compromise it. All of the necessary nutrients are found in our Nature’s Garden Whole Food Multivitamin, including 100% of the RDA of Zinc, which is essential for healthy T cell function. (White blood cells that attack and disable intruders)
There are many herbal immune boosters for you to consider as well as the multivitamin. Garlic is the herb of choice for colds, flu and sore throats. It stimulates the production of white blood cells. Also ginger, green tea, Echinacea, and cayenne improve our responses to attacks of harmful illnesses.
Believe it or not, “laughter is the best medicine” is truer than you think. Laughing increases the body’s levels of IgA, an infection fighting protein. Stress reduces levels of IgA and happy interactions increase it.
Immune Boosting Tips
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while limiting saturated fat.
Maintain healthy blood pressure.
Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
Get plenty of sleep.
Practice good hygiene by washing hands regularly and cooking meats thoroughly.
Make regular visits to a healthcare professional.