Winter seems to be a time where our immune systems can get challenged and we can be left feeling depleted. Using natural supplements, foods and keeping up lifestyle changes throughout the year can help you maintain your strength and stay well.
Now is the time to put these awesome Immune boosting treasures into action to reach your best version of you.
Here are 10 Natural Immunity Essentials I discovered on the Foodmatters.tv website: http://www.foodmatters.com/Â Â Â It is a great website to follow for all things natural health.
My personal favouriteâ€¦ Poor sleep interferes with your immune function, multipliesÂ your chances of getting sick, decreases longevity, and drastically affects your abilityÂ to fight cancer. Less than 7 hours a night and youâ€™re doing yourself a healthÂ disservice!
It thrills me to see TURMERIC more widely available. Turmeric is a cancer cellÂ destroyer and works on nearly every type of cancer. Its active compound, curcumin, has the ability to simultaneously kill and promote healthy cellular growth. I suggestÂ juicing or taking in capsule form (organic only) for highest benefit, you need aÂ minimum of 95% curcuminoids and 3 grams 3-4 times daily.
- MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS
Medicinal mushrooms are potent immune boosters and should be a part of your health routine. The Shiitake, Reishi, and Maitake mushroom stimulate the immune system, build up our resistance to viruses, and block tumor formation. The ABM mushroom (Agaricus Blazel Murill) is clinically the strongest cancer-fighting and immune-boosting mushroom available.
- VITAMIN C
Increasing your Vitamin C dosage is one of the easiest ways to boost immuneÂ function. Low levels of C are linked to infection and disease. Vitamin C is notÂ dangerous in heavy doses, showing no side effects from the increase. LyphosphericÂ Vitamin C can break cellâ€™s lipid barriers and increase absorption by up to 90%Â preventing viruses, disease, cancer, and improving cardiovascular health.
- VITAMIN D
Another cancer fighting vitamin, Vitamin D has been clinically tested to reduce risk ofÂ 17 different types of cancer. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to auto-immune disordersÂ and directly correlated to cancer deaths. The vitamin helps kill viruses, fungi, andÂ bacteria. Sunshine is still your best source of vitamin D. It is recommend 20-30 minutes a day in direct sun with exposed skin (early morning or late afternoon is a great time).
- CHICKEN SOUP
Nothing works for boosting my immune system or spirit more than a homemadeÂ bowl of chicken soup. There is a reason why this is a go-to for cold and flu season,Â the chicken provides cysteine and amino acid that breaks up congestion, while theÂ hot soup can strengthen the movement of white blood cells and the broth is ultraÂ hydrating. Any combination of bone in chicken and broth slow cooked with celery,Â onion, carrot, and herbs is all it takes!
While a plant-based diet reduces inflammation and creates an alkaline environment,Â your body needs ZINC for immune support. If youâ€™re deficient, animal products areÂ better sources than plant, think only organic grass-fed beef, chicken, shellfish, orÂ lamb. Zinc builds immunity and is actually very anti-inflammatory. Vegetarians, beÂ sure to intake good amounts of legumes and nuts to maintain your intake.
You may love the taste and loathe the stinky breath, but garlic is well worth it! The sulphuric acid compounds in garlic are strong enough to eliminate bacteria and infections while studies show that garlic consumption may reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Use fresh garlic for max benefit as heat can decrease the potency.
I eat two Brazil nuts a day to keep my selenium levels where they should be. You mayÂ not hear of selenium as much as other immune boosters on this list, but itâ€™s veryÂ important in fighting cancer. Selenium reduces the risk of several cancers and itâ€™sÂ considered a â€œmiracle mineralâ€ for its immune-boosting qualities.
Your body contains ten times more bacteria than cells. Friendly bacteria not onlyÂ attack pathogenic bacteria and fungi, but they also trigger appropriate white cellÂ reactions to invaders. Surprisingly, one of the main functions of friendly bacteria is toÂ stimulate your immune system. By eating probiotic-rich foods and maintaining goodÂ intestinal flora, a person can also maintain a healthy immune system.
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