Although it may only be autumn, the brisk cool mornings are here to remind us that winter is just around the corner. Just as you might be thinking soon it will be time to break out the snow shovels and boots, you may also want to prepare for winter by keeping your body as healthy as possible. After all, prevention really is the best cure when it comes to staying healthy. Adding the following top five ingredients to your healthy diet routine may help boost your immune system and help give it what it needs to fight off any unwanted germs that tend to thrive in colder temperatures.
Lots of people swear by taking this ingredient in the colder months to ward off colds, the flu and other illnesses and infections. Andrographis (also known as Indian chiretta) is made of several active compounds that may have antimicrobial properties that enhance the immune system.
Andrographis is high in phenols, which may have antioxidant benefits on human health to naturally flush toxins, promote health and fight off bacteria that may otherwise cause illness.
Not only has turmeric been proven to enhance your mood, it may also be able to boost your immune system too. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that has also been shown to have potent immunomodulatory benefits that may be used for immune system disorders. When taken for fighting off the common cold, turmeric may be the boost you need to get you over the hump!
One reason you may have an increased susceptibility to getting sick in the colder months is if you have an underlying Candida albicans overgrowth. Which is where a negative type of yeast that is harmless in small amounts, grows out of control when it is given the right conditions in the body to do so.
Spirulina is a bluish green algae that has been shown to have many immune enhancing effects. According to a study published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews, spirulina may also be able to boost the immune system by supporting leaky gut syndrome and poor digestion, which is directly related to an imbalance in the microbiome where most of the immune system resides. Spirulina also contains antimicrobial properties that may support healthy microflora health.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is not only tasty; it’s full of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial properties that may be able to fight off infections and keep you healthy through the cold winter months. Lauric acid, which is an amino acid that is found in rich supply in coconut oil, is one of the main structural compounds within that have been found to fight bacteria, reduce the risk of Candida and even boost the immune system. All helping to work on keeping the common cold away!
5. Green Tea
A nice hot mug of warm tea is not only soothing on a cold day; it may also be able to help fight infections. Green tea contains immune boosting polyphenols, or plant antioxidants, that may be able to boost the immune system against the flu virus.
Try replacing your morning cup of coffee with a mug of hot green tea to boost your polyphenol intake. You may also benefit from supplementing with Immu-Stay for an added dose of green tea and Andrographis to make sure you stay full of life and in prime health this winter. You’ll also get the immune enhancing benefits of vitamin C, zinc and other important nutrients if you choose to take this immune boosting supplement.
How To Naturally Boost Your Immune System
Boosting your immune system is as easy as getting proper rest and down time, drinking plenty of clean water, exercising daily and incorporating the above mentioned ingredients in your daily diet. Your diet should also largely consist of organic plant-based foods in their raw form to provide as many immune boosting nutrients as possible.
Eating breakfast is the best time to start your day off right as it helps promote a healthy metabolism and give back vital nutrients your body will have spent during the natural cleansing and detoxing cycle of the cells that takes place every night. One simple way to get a mega nutrient boost in is by making a fresh smoothie (see one of my favourite recipes below) with your breakfast and adding a Zupafood ELITE sachet to it.
Zupafood ELITE has taken the worry out of knowing which foods to eat to specifically boost your immunity. One packet of Zupafood ELITE provides you with more nutrients than you could ever eat in one sitting. Zupafood ELITE incorporates the super benefits of all organic products including kiwifruit, wheatgrass, grape seed extract, barley grass, spirulina, chlorella, green tea and medicinal mushrooms all in one easy to use packet.
Immune Boosting Zupafood ELITE Smoothie
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 packet Zupafood ELITE
- 1 cup organic spinach
- 1 cup frozen mix of organic pineapple, kiwi and mango chunks
- ½ juiced organic lemon
- ½ teaspoon fresh organic ginger
To make, add all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend for 60 – 90 seconds until all ingredients are smooth. Enjoy immediately for best results. You might even want to double the recipe up (so using 2 packets of Xtend Life’s Zupafood ELITE Superfood Blend) to help keep a loved one healthy and fighting fit in preparation for winter that is fast approaching!
In good health.