Even though, technically, we have another few weeks before winter officially arrives, it’s fair to say that the cold wet weather is definitely here to stay for the next few months. And that means blocked sinuses, sore throats, and other cold and flu-like symptoms are back with a vengeance.
But before you run off to Boots to stock up on paracetamol and Lemsip, there are a few steps that you can take to help boost your immune system naturally, which can even work to stop you from getting sick in the first place — or, at the very least, lessening the time it will take for you to get well again!
#1 Kickstart Your Energy
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#2 Mindful Munching
Colder weather means most people will be eating more stodgey foods, along with the fact that everywhere you turn now, there’s advertising (and the associated unconscious eating and drinking) for Christmas, the one day where the average Britain downs a whopping 6000 calories — and that won’t be mostly vegetables! But you don’t need to jump on this train of mindless consumption leading up to the big holiday, especially when you discover how eating too much cake or drinking too much wine is simply added sugar you don’t need that actually depresses your immune system.
Also, eating an orange, mandarin or clementine or two will help to boost your vitamin C levels, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to boost your immune system. So, if you need a snack, grab one of these instead of a piece of cake. And if you want even more of a vitamin C top-up, you can try Nature’s Sunshine Vitamin C Timed Release, which is the perfect option for maintaining healthy levels of this vital vitamin throughout the day.
#3 Tap Into Health
When you have boosted energy levels, then your immune system is working as it should do, and there’s a quick way to do this in just five minutes. It’s an energy medicine technique called the Thymus Thump, where you basically thump your thymus gland to raise and regulate your energy flow.
Your thymus gland is situated just under the upper part of your breastbone (see illustration above). Thump your thymus with your closed fist (just like a chimpanzee would do) or you tap it with your fingers for around 20 seconds, making sure that you breath deeply in and out as you do. You might feel a bit of tingling, which is a good thing, as this is also known as the happiness meridian point. So, this in turn can activate feelings of self love, as well as reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, which will also boost your immune system.
I do this every morning when I’m in the shower, so this is an easy practice that you can use to keep your body feeling great throughout the winter months — and beyond. Oh, and you’ll also sleep better, which will allow your body to heal faster, even if you do get sick at some point.
#4 Supplemental Benefits
Besides vitamin C, to keep your immune system in check, it’s vital that your vitamin D3 levels are topped up. Vitamin D3 also lowers your risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and can even improve your mood. In addition, it is essential that your digestive health is in check, because any kind of inflammation from toxins, food allergies or infections will cause your immune system to stop functioning properly. Chlorophyll can be used to support the proper function of your digestive system, along with your energy and levels of immunity.
#5 Bonus Booster
Besides the above well-known tips, I have a secret immune system-boosting recipe that I call Fire Water. I add a teaspoon full to hot water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach. It’s a powerful way to add viral-killing foods in a delicious drink that will warm your cockles and keep your immune system boosted during the colder months.
Viral Killing Fire Water
* 15 cloves of organic garlic, crushed and finely chopped
* 4 tbsp chopped organic ginger root
* 4 tbsp chopped organic horseradish root
* 1-3 tsp organic cayenne pepper powder (depending on hot your chili tolerance is)
* 2 organic lemons — juiced and zested
* 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) with ‘the mother’
* 3 tbsp Manuka honey (any other organic raw honey will do, but Manuka has huge antiviral properties not found in other honey)
* Optional Spices: fresh or dried orange zest, dried rosehips, dried rosemary, dried oregano
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the vinegar.
2. Transfer the mixture to a Mason jar.
3. Pour in the apple cider vinegar.
4. Close well and shake.
5. Keep the sealed jar in a cool and dry place. Because Manuka honey contains antiviral and antibacterial properties, this Fire Water will stay stable for years. Therefore, you can even double up on this recipe to make sure there’s enough for the entire family during the colder months. Shake well before use.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips on how to keep your immune system boosted this winter, so that you can feel stronger, fitter and more fantastic before Christmas arrives and well into the New Year.
Until next time…
Love, Gaynor x