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Boost your immunity naturally
Colds and flu's can strike at any time, but the
cooler months have long been a time recognised
as cold and flu season.
With autumn upon us there seems no better time
than right now to look at staving off the dreaded bugs
and the best way to do that is to boost your immune
system. Here are a few natural tips that could help keep
you in fine cold and flu fighting form.
• Get plenty of sleep: Potent immune enhancing
compounds are released during sleep and many
immune system functions are greatly increased by an
adequate night's rest. During the winter months your
body requires more sleep, so it's perfectly normal to
sleep longer on winter nights.
• Drink more water; avoid soft drinks: Many
people are chronically dehydrated and this impairs
the immune system. Soft drinks and caffeinated
beverages do not count toward "drinking more
water" and, in fact, subtract from it as they generally
act as diuretics.
• Selenium: Selenium is a nutrient which plays an
important role in the immune system. One way
selenium performs this function is by recharging
vitamins C and E, and coenzyme Q-10. Vegetables
grown in selenium rich soils are a good source, but
vegetables raised in selenium deficient soils are not.
Brazil nuts have the most selenium of any food, but
pre-cracked nuts usually have dramatically lower
amounts than those in the shells. Brewer's yeast,
eggs, turkey, mushrooms, tuna and other seafood
are often good sources, but the amount can vary
dramatically, depending on various factors.
• Elderberry extract: Elderberry, a relative of the
blueberry, has been found to have powerful anti-viral
properties. Elderberry extract may be used to treat a
cold or flu, or taken as a prophylactic to fortify the
• Eat raw, freshly-crushed garlic: Garlic has
powerful anti-viral, antibiotic and anti-fungal
properties and boosts the immune system in general.
It also tends to kill parasites in the intestines.
• Exercise: Regular exercise is important to support
general health and immune function. It stimulates
beneficial biochemical processes, promotes healthy
circulation of the blood, and drives the lymphatic
system. Lymph flow, essential in removing toxins
from the body, is absolutely dependent on physical
movement because the lymphatic system lacks a
pump (like the heart). Therapeutic massage can also
be helpful in facilitating lymph movement.
• Echinacea: This has a reputation as an immune
system booster, and research seems to validate this. If
nothing else, it makes a delicious tea.
• Quercetin: In addition to its powerful antioxidant
characteristics, this has been found to have immune
boosting capabilities, particularly when under stress,
and especially when taken with Vitamin C. It is also an
anti-viral. Quercetin is a phytochemical found in the
skins of apples (red apples have the most, although
any variety is a good source), and in sun-exposed red
or dark grapes, red wine (especially when made from
made from sun-exposed grapes), sun-dried raisins, red
or yellow onions, broccoli, berries, currants, citrus
fruits, cherries, pears, green tea, grapefruit seeds,
ginkgo biloba, buckwheat, hawthorn, Chinese
scullcap and black tea. Smaller amounts are found in
leafy green vegetables and beans.
• Honey: Although honey contains various sugars, it is
also packed with vitamins and nutrients which can
enhance the immune system. Raw honey is best.
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