So…. it’s getting to that time of year where everyone is sniffing, coughing and not feeling themselves. I am feeling pretty sniffly at the mo I have to say, and along with that comes tiredness. Your body is trying to fix itself and this takes energy.
Prevention is always better than cure, so try to boost your immune system by giving it the tools in needs to keep you well.
- Healthy proteins such as lean meats and oily fish, or lentils, pulses and beans will help you fight off any incoming baddies.
- Good fats that come from nuts and seeds and avocados and fish will help keep your inflammation down and therefore put less pressure on the immune system.
- Increase your green veggies and liver helping foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, parsley and watercress. The liver is essential for removing any toxins from the body.
- Brightly coloured fruit and veg are full of protective nutrients and antioxidants that will help keep you feeling well, things like sweet potato, blue berries, papaya, mango and blackberries are particularly good immune boosters.
- Green powders are great for the immune especially chlorella and spirulina are good to include in your daily diet, in a smoothie or something as they have germanium in them which is wonderful for our immune.
- Kelp is another one that would be good to include, although I am not so keen on the taste it can be hidden in a smoothie, it has iodine, iron and vit c to name a few that really help to keep us healthy.
- Herbs and remedies to keep in mind are things like echinacea and astragalus, both of these boost our immune system and are powerful antioxidants that protect our livers from toxins.
- Herbs like rosemary and oregano are fantastic when you feel like you are on the way, they are anti microbial and antibacterial. Wonderful in a tea or tincture.
- Garlic is natures antibiotic and bloody amazing at getting rid of those nasty germs.
- Lemon alkalises the body, amongst other things… an acid state is bad for the immune, disease thrives in an acidic environment!
- VIT C is the single most important vitamin for the immune system, so if you are sick, feeling you are getting sick then supplement with a high dose of vitamin C. Otherwise make sure you are getting lots through your diet to keep the bugs at bay! Brightly coloured fruits and veg are a good way of judging the vitamin C content!
Things to avoid….
- The usual I am afraid… sugar, caffeine, alcohol, additives, preservatives, dairy and red meat. I know it is always the same offenders but they do put a lot of pressure on the immune system… Sugar is especially bad for a run down immune system so avoid, sugary snacks and drinks! (Sorry!)
Lastly get more sleep, drink more water and listen to your body! If you feel weedy then be kind to yourself, don’t push on through, give yourself a break and let the body and immune system recover, then you can go for it when you are 100%