Reduce Intake of Sugar
Add Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions are both filled with immunity-boosting nutrients such as selenium, zinc, Vitamin C, and allicin that all contain antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Besides naturally boosting your immunity, these foods have even more medicinal and nutritional benefits for your body.
Make Sure to Consume Greens
Lots of green vegetables provide a boost to the immune system. These veggies come packed with vitamins A and C, and also include folate. According to health.com, greens also provide bioactive compounds that release a chemical signal that optimizes immunity in the gut, which is where about 70-80% of immune cells live.
Add Some Fermented Food
Fermentation is the process through which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria convert carbs into alcohol or acids. Many fermented foods are rich in vitamin C, iron, and zinc – all of which are proven to boost the immune system. As if that wasn’t enough, fermented foods also have a high probiotic content, giving your system a boost and reducing your risk of infections like the common cold.
Drink Teas with Immune-Boosting Power
There is evidence that green tea and chamomile tea can help to strengthen the immune system. When it comes to the immune system, green tea contains catechins that may kill the flu virus and while chamomile also contains antioxidants, chamomile tea is a rich source of calcium, fluoride, potassium, and Vitamin A – all of which are beneficial to the immune system.
Add Lots of Spice to Your Life
Spices like turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, and cinnamon are all packed with immunity-boosting nutrients and properties. For example, ginger contains chemicals that target cold viruses. In addition, cayenne peppers are used by modern herbalists to activate the circulatory system as a cold and flu treatment.
Put the Lime in the Coconut
Coconut oil has many different beneficial properties that can help with several things from boosting your immunity to boosting your metabolism. The oil contains antioxidants, antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties as well as lauric and caprylic acids that are known to easily fight off the bacteria and viruses that can cause harmful conditions.
Herbs like oregano, basil, sage, fennel, and many others have been used as natural treatments for various illnesses, including viral infections since ancient times. Because herbs have a high concentration of potent plant compounds, many of them can help to fight viruses and are favored by natural medicine practitioners.
Just like every other part of our bodies, the immune system works best when it’s been exercised. One effective way to exercise our immune systems is to take something called an immune stimulant or immuno-modulator, ergo mushrooms. Although some mushrooms have different medicinal properties, nearly all mushrooms are immunity boosters.
Glutathione (GSH) is an antioxidant produced in cells that is comprised largely of three amino acids and is produced naturally in the body. It is also available in several different forms such as a topical cream, an intravenous solution, or an oral supplement. GSH enhanced blood cells are able to produce more infection-fighting substances, therefore controlling both bacterial and viral infections.
Vitamins A, E, & K
Vitamin A deficiencies have shown impaired antibody function and white blood cell activity, while Vitamin E is an important source of antioxidants and also promotes healthy cell functions. Vitamin K supports blood-clotting abilities especially important for seclusion of infection areas and the healing process for injuries. Great sources of all of these vitamins are cauliflower, carrots, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and spinach and asparagus.
Vitamin C is a great tool for a natural boost to your immunity. It has been known to support a decrease in time and severity of symptoms associated with upper respiratory viral infections. Vitamin C also supports your white blood cell functions. Great sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, kale, collard greens, and asparagus.
Probiotics are healthy, beneficial bacteria that can help improve our health and immunity. Without them, our immune system couldn’t function as it should. They perform a number of important functions and also keep harmful bacteria in balance. They stop bad bacteria from getting out of control and making us sick.
Maintaining an adequate but not excessive levels of zinc is important as a deficiency can result in a suppression of white blood cells, but an excess of zinc can also result in negative effects on immune function. The best source of zinc to ensure the correct amounts is found in foods such as asparagus, spinach, cashews, and several others.
Omega-3 fatty acids are great all around for the immune system, but did you know that fish oil in itself is beneficial for the immune system, too? Fish oil rich in DHA is widely believed to help prevent disease by reducing inflammation and, according to a 2013 study, is detrimental in enhancing white blood cell activity.
Reduce Stress Levels
Wash Your Hands – A lot
Keep Your Nose Clean
Keep Well Hydrated
Soak Up Some Sunshine
Protect Your Hands
Get Some Sauna
Say No to the Hand Dryer
No Sink? No Sweat!
When you feel the need to wash your hands but there isn’t any soap or a sink nearby, don’t stress! Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizing gel will be your friends until you can get to a restroom or kitchen sink. However, antibacterial wipes and gels can contribute to antibiotic resistance so do make sure to use the old soap and water routine whenever possible.
Create A Skin Barrier
Sometimes washing your hands a lot can lead to your skin drying out and cracks appearing where there weren’t any before. Germs and bacteria can get into those skin cracks and make you sick. To avoid that from happening moisturize frequently with coconut oil or another moisturizer that will create a barrier to protect your skin from invaders.