Queenly tips for boosting your immunity
To help you and your friends and loved ones stay safe and be well, here are some top tips to help you boost your immunity.
It is widely accepted that garlic has antiviral properties and that raw garlic is the most potent. Mix crushed garlic with raw honey and have a couple of teaspoons every day – or drink it with water and add a squeeze of lime or lemon for a Vitamin C boost too.
Choose raw honey
We recommend raw honey, which can be purchased from your health shop, as it has antiviral properties and high levels of anti oxidants. Raw honey is not heated and pasteurised like the honey you buy from supermarkets, so it maintains its natural goodness.
Discover Star Anise
The aniseed tasting spice Star Anise is an antiviral powerhouse because of its shikimic acid content. Include it in your tea or just with boiled water. For a potent combination. make an infusion with crushed fresh ginger, star anise and sweeten with a little raw honey.
Use therapeutic herbs
Include the herb oregano in your cooking as it is known to be effective for respiratory issues and for colds and flu. Oregano oil has a compound called carvacrol which is largely responsible for its antiviral properties as well as rosmarinic acid and thymol. Both of these act as powerful antioxidants, that have been closely linked to reducing oxidative stress in the body, which helps improve your immune health. You can buy it as a herbal supplement for higher doses and also diffuse the oil as a way of releasing mucus.
Top up with the sunshine vitamin
Vitamin D is vital for regulating the immune system and the health of our cells, yet many of us, especially those living in colder climes, have low levels of vitamin D. Get tested for your vitamin D3 levels using kits that can be bought online. If your access to natural sunlight is low, then supplement with good quality vitamin D3.
Practice good sleep hygiene
Many studies have substantiated the claim that lack of sleep can increase your chances of getting sick. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, which you need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. So make sure you get your minimum 7 or 8 hours or sleep a night and do what you need to help you.
Move your body
Regular gentle exercise such as walking and yoga have been proven to boost the immune system and help reduce cortisol levels associated with stress, which is one of the leading causes of immune system breakdown.
Protect your nose
Keeping the nasal membrane lubricated with sesame oil (massage grade) by rubbing it into your nostrils, or saline nasal sprays will help the body’s natural defence of capturing incoming airborne viruses before they can reach the respiratory tract.
Support your digestive system
Immunity starts with your digestion, and an easy way to keep your digestive fire stoked is to sip warm cumin, coriander and fennel tea throughout the day. To make this tea take equal quantities of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Use 1 teaspoon of the seed mix in a mug of water and 2 teaspoons in a thermos.
Food is your medicine
Vitamin C, selenium and zinc are the building blocks of a strong immune system. Keeping your levels of these vitamins and minerals at optimal level will improve your body’s chances of staving off bugs and improve your recovery time. Although supplements can be taken, the most bioavailable method of your body absorbing these vital vitamins and minerals is through your diet. High vitamin C foods include oranges, lemons, pineapples, berries, kiwi fruits and sweet potato. Selenium rich foods include brazil nuts, turkey, fish, brown rice, lentils and eggs. To increase your zinc intake consume meat, shellfish, lentils, seeds, nuts, whole grains and eggs.
The magic of turmeric
Turmeric is a fantastic household spice which has a multitude of health benefits, one of which is increasing the immunity of the body by helping your t-cells be more vigilant, spot potential harmful bugs and launch an antibody response. Ways to up your turmeric intake could be to add it to your curries, soups, stews, teas, smoothies or lattes. For a tasty turmeric latte, take a cup of your favourite non dairy milk, 1 tsp ground turmeric, pinch black pepper, 1 tsp coconut oil or ghee, ½ cinnamon stick or ¼ ground cinnamon, ½ tsp grated fresh ginger, heat all together until hot but not boiling – around 4 minutes. Sweeten to taste with raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut sugar then enjoy. Using black pepper helps the body absorb the Curcumin in turmeric, which is the active compound.
With thanks to our health sisters at Wellbeing Escapes