Here are out best recommendations to keep your Immune System Strong
- Eat plenty of garlic; nature’s antibiotic has an exceptionally high content of sulphur compounds, which are responsible for most of its medicinal properties.
- Cook with spices; turmeric and ginger are warming spices that help to improve your circulation, work as antioxidants and have antimicrobial actions too.
- Indulge in foods rich in vitamin C such as green leafy vegetables, lemons, limes, berries and kiwi fruit.
- Eat zinc rich foods including organic or grass-fed meat, poultry, eggs, oysters, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin seeds.
- Incorporate fermented foods including miso, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, apple cider vinegar, beet kvass etc. These foods are rich in probiotic bacteria, which support your intestinal health.
- Try Manuka honey; manuka contains an antimicrobial compound called methylgloxal, which can aid in fighting off infections.
- Get plenty of sleep; if you can’t get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night then try to focus on the quality of your sleep by following good ‘sleep hygiene’. Turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bed and remove them from your bedroom; make sure your bedroom is cool and dark. Use ear plugs if noise is a factor.
- Connect; having a healthy relationship with others helps us to feel more connected and generally happier. Feelings of isolation can deplete your immune system, which may predispose you to illness.
- Spend time in nature; if you are living in the city find the time to regularly escape to your local park, the mountains, nature reserves or the ocean. Being in nature helps to restore your energy levels, decreases your stress, which in turn improves immunity.
- Have fun; how often do you just switch off and do what you love the most? If you want to keep your immune system in check find the time to just be and have fun!
- Move your body; choose a form of movement that suits your needs and try to incorporate some strength training.
- Learn to meditate; there are over 1000 studies that show how regular meditation helps to reduce stress and make you feel more optimistic. It has a positive impact on the physiology of the body, including your immune system.