How to boost your immune system naturally
During the winter months, colds, flu and coughs are rife so in preparation for this, there are ways on how to boost your immune system with fruits and home remedies to help combat and treat these and any other types of illnesses.
There are many benefits from eating various fruits and vegetables including Lemons, oranges, beetroot, garlic, pineapples and ginger and we have devised many guides on the benefits of eating each fruit and vegetable.
Ginger, Pineapple, Lemon and Manuka Honey
To prevent a cough or cold or when you get the feeling that you have a cold or cough coming on, grab some freshly cut ginger slices, two slices of fresh lemon (including the peel), a couple of slices of fresh pineapple and place them all in a pan of boiling water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour the mixture into a cup, add a large scoop of manuka honey and drink it as hot as you can take it. This is a great way of cleaning the inside of your body as well as giving your immune system an incredible boost. It is widely known that certain fruits can loosen mucus and phlegm and keeps the respiratory system healthy. It contains bromelain, a powerful digestive enzyme that aids digesting protein. Pineapple juice/slices break down fats and also reduces inflammation. It is literally THE most effective natural medicine for a cold or cough. Click here to find out how you can stock up your natural medicine cabinet.
Beetroot contains betanin and vulgaxanthin, both of these have very powerful detoxification, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and if eaten raw, this vegetable can help with aches and pains. Drinking beetroot juice improves blood flow, boosts stamina, detoxifies the liver, lowers blood pressure and helps prevent iron deficiency. To make beetroot juice, put some marigolds on, wash and scrub 3 beetroots under cold water, cut both ends and place straight into a nutribullet or blender adding one cup of water. Grab a glass and drink! A great vegetable to add to your diet to help boost your immune system.
Garlic helps lower cholesterol levels, it thins the blood which can prevent blood clotting and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Garlic is high in nutrients and it contains Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C as well as being a good source of fibre. It can help reduce blood pressure but you would need to eat around four cloves of garlic a day to get the desired effect. Eating garlic can help boost your immune system so if you are suffering from a virus or cold, it can also help speed up your recovery.
With the constant reminders about staying inside at the moment and not getting enough exposure to sunlight, we are all lacking in vitamin D. A good way to get vitamin D is through what you eat. Where you can spend a little some time in the sunlight, eat fatty fish and seafood, eat mushrooms, cheese, milk, fortified foods and include egg yolks in your meals. Vitamin D supplements are widely available if none of this is possible.
Taking a very small amount of coconut oil helps to fight infections and diseases which is a good way to boost your immune system. It contains lauric acid and caprylic acid which are both known for fighting off Candida (yeast overgrowth) along with bacterial infections.
Of course, there are times that antibiotics and/or pain relief is required when you are feeling unwell. A trip to your GP just to make sure never hurt anyone.