Now when the cold season is upon us, some of us struggle with colds and are worried about what a weakened immune systm might do to our health.
If you struggle with a health challenge that might be affected by a weakened immune system, it is particularly important to be ready for the cold months ahead.
The strength of our immune system also plays a large part in the body's overall resilience to illnesses and adaptability to recovery. Incorporating superfoods (along with lifestyle practices) that support and strengthen the immune system on a regular basis is therefore key to health and vitality.
No doubt you have also heard about the importance of having an alkaline diet, which means maintaining our body’s ideal natural balance, or pH. When the body has a pH above 7, which is alkaline, then it positively affects our immune system and inflammation levels —two of the biggest factors in health and well-being.
Here are my 4 tips to boost immune system and achieve an alkaline body to stay healthy this autumn and winter.
1. Eat your greens like broccoli, spinach, alfalfa, wheatgrass, and barleygrass are all incredible foods that immediately boosts the antioxidants and alkalises your body. Wheatgrass and bareygrass juice packs a vitamin punch that is equivalent to 1.2lbs of green vegetables in each 30 ml sachet! Having these greens raw and fresh means they are live and full of enzymes and zest (much like a fresh apple – instead of a dried powerised one. So no wheatgrass powder please :)). This means making green juices with wheatgrass or barleygrass juice is one of the most effective ways of boosting health and energy. Wheatgrass and barleygrass juice are also one of the most effective ways of making your cells alkaline, strengthening your immune system.
2. Eat Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric & Coconut Oil.
The strength of our immune system also plays a large part in the body's overall resilience to illness and adaptability to recovery. Garlic and ginger are fantastic superfoods as they contain antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal compounds. Both have been undergoing a vast amount research for their health benefits.
Our Ginger, Turmeric & Apple superfood juice is very popular this time of year as you can imagine!
Coconut oil is another favourite of mine as it contains a compound called lauric acid, which has been shown to enhance immunity, improve heart and thyroid health, and has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral qualities. You could for example add coconut oil to your salad, and I also always use it as a cooking oil.
3. Omega 3 oil is a must
Omega 3 oils is essential for your health and as the body can not make it, we have to take it through our foods, such as wild caught fish or a high quality omega 3 oil supplement. Omega 3 fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatory compounds that therefore build up your health and prevent a whole lot of inflammatory illnesses such as arthritis, eczema and acne. There are also hundreds of promising trials charting the positive effects of Omega 3 on Alzheimer’s, ADHD, depression, blood pressure and children’s learning and behaviour.
The omega 3 oil I take every day is from a Norwegian company called Eqology. It is the best oil I have come across and it comes with a blood test so you can test your omega 3 to omega 6 levels. Read more here and see how to order
4. Lean Meats, Chickpeas & Fermented Foods
Foods rich in zink are great to ward off colds and strengthen the immune system. Eat lean meats such as poultry, oysters, crab, and chickpeas as well as mushrooms and fermented foods, all perfect for your health. Interestingly 50 to 80% of your immune system is in your gut!
By strengthening our healthy bacteria in the gut, we are much less likely to get sick, have allergies, or develop autoimmune diseases.
Fermented foods help to promote a healthy balance of favourable. I would also recommend you take a very good probiotic especially if you have taken antibiotics. You can buy these from an independent health store, Dr Udo's is very good.