Strengthen Your Immune System in a Natural Way
Today the sun is shining, tomorrow it’s raining and the next week snow is falling – changing weather conditions not only affects our mood, it also puts our immune system to the test. On top of that, we often eat unhealthily, exercise not enough, don’t sleep well and have a lot of stress, which further strains the immune system.
The effects on our health are obvious: Flu viruses attack the body and challenge the immune system. In order to fight colds, many people tend to take a lot of flu medications. But most people aren’t aware of the fact that medication often only suppresses symptoms and doesn’t heal the disease completely, let alone the health risks and side effects. Additionally you have to consider that cold symptoms are a sign that the body is fighting the harmful substances. So it’s good to try to treat colds also with natural foods which strengthen the immune system and also support a healthy lifestyle on the long term. Make your diet consciously, healthy and vitamin-rich, and start today!
Food that strengthens the immune system stimulates the production of white blood cells and protects the body from harmful viruses and bacteria. Such foods include vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, chicory, cabbage, garlic, mushrooms and spinach. They contain the healthy beta-carotene. Kale gives us a special nutrient-kick, as he provides plenty vitamin A.
Among fruits, the following are particularly good for the immune system: lemons, grapefruit, guava, oranges, bananas and red fruits, such as blueberries, cherries, blackberries, black currants and dark grapes.
A little handful of almonds a day can have miraculous effects, too: Besides lowering cholesterol level and strengthening the immune system, the oval nuts are the home remedy against intestinal problems.
Strong spices, herbs and oils
Spice your meals with ginger, cinnamon, cumin seeds, oregano or cayenne pepper. Eating those spices regularly strengthens the body from the inside and helps both prevention and treatment of colds.
Special plants, such as purple coneflower, suma from the South African jungle or aloe Vera from the dessert, are diverse medical plants which strengthen the immune system in a special way. All of them increase the production of white blood cells and support the body’s defense mechanisms.
And use a lot of quality vegetable oils while cooking, such as grapeseed oil, olive oil or coconut oil.
Vitamin C strengthens the immune system by raising the performance level of white blood cells and speeding up the body’s defense reactions. Selenium supports the development of white blood cells and vastly contributes to a strong defense mechanism of the body. There’s lots of selenium in vegetables of organic farming as well as in mushrooms and nuts.
Zinc protects the body’s cells from harmful free radicals and even from copper, cadmium and lead poisoning. Herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary, estragon or cumin contain a high percentage of zinc.
The substance beta-glucan, which is gained from baker’s yeast, activates the most important immune cells of the body: the macrophages, which can remove harmful substances, such as viruses and bacteria, from the body. The stronger the macrophages, the stronger the immune system.
Start your day in the morning with a glass of warm water with the juice of
a freshly squeezed lemon. Or make an alkaline herbal tea, which is good for the body’s acid-alkali-balance. During the whole day, you should drink a lot of water and herbal teas, in general.
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