In our global fight against the Coronavirus, several measures have been taken: strengthen immune system, wear mask, disinfect hands, avoiding crowded places, get adequate sleep… and so on.
Our immune system is an information system working to protect us from disease at every moment, so here are some suggestions to boost your immune system:
Eat fruits and vegetables, of all variety and color. In other words, eat the rainbow. Vegetables will provide your body with a great variety of vitamins and minerals. Rinse/spray all fruits and vegetables with 1:1 apple cider vinegar and filtered water mixture.
Increase consumption of raw garlic, ginger, and turmeric, three powerful healers. They are known as medicinal plants or healing foods and have been shown to enhance immune function.
Ginger root is packed with antioxidant compounds and have been shown to help decrease inflammation and aid in digestion, motion sickness and nausea.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal properties, all of which help boost the immune system. It has been used as a remedy to fight the common cold and flu. Garlic has been used for thousands of years, not just as an ingredient to add flavor to a dish, but also for medicinal purposes. While growing up in Italy, I remember my grandparents and parents using raw garlic as a medicinal agent for numerous therapeutic uses, which we still use today. The list is extensive but typically they used it for digestive issues; the common flu and cold, whatever their origin (viral or bacterial); for skin problems such as small wounds and cuts and gingivitis (infection of gums caused by a bacterium); for protecting the liver against various toxic substances; and, it was used to help the body strengthen the immune system. They also used garlic for constipation as it has laxative properties. Thanks to its wealth of antioxidants (allicin, flavonoids, vitamins E and C, minerals, and others), garlic helps fight the harmful effects of free radicals. In our family, garlic is a real elixir!
Turmeric (curcumin) has also been around for many years and has many scientifically-proven health benefits. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which help boost the immune system.
Mushrooms have been used medicinally for eons. They are a good source of essential nutrients, including potassium and phosphorus. The three most powerful mushrooms that have positive effects on the immune system are: Shitake, Reishi, and Maitake, all three act as medicine. Button (cremini) mushrooms are high in selenium and B vitamins, which help the immune system work properly. They also contain beta-glucan, a soluble fiber.
Elderberries have been used medicinally for centuries. The most common version used to make syrup or lozenges as a remedy for colds and flus is black elderberry. Elderberry extracts are high in flavonoids and have been shown to have antivirals, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Prebiotics are naturally found in foods such as chicory, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, legumes, and soybeans to name a few. Prebiotics stimulate the immune system by increasing beneficial probiotics.
Proteins - the right ones. The main role of protein is to provide the body with amino acids. When you eat protein, it is broken down into amino acids, which have multiple roles within the body, including maintenance of muscle, repair of all body tissue (including skin and organs), the production of hormones and enzymes, and regulating immune function.
Plant proteins: legumes, soybeans, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Animal protein: Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines; pasture-raised eggs; and grass-fed meats such as lamb, bison, venison, beef, and pasture-raised pork.
Please, please, keep hydrated. Most of us don’t drink enough water. Water is of major importance for all living things. Our bodies are made up mostly of water and has many essential functions, two of which are: 1. Water helps carry oxygen to our cells making it a vital nutrient to the life of every cell; and 2. It flushes waste from our bodies, removing toxins, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and having a negative impact on our immune system.
Reduce Stress as best as you can. Stress affects every part of our body, especially chronic stress, which can contribute to many health problems. When we are stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced, making us more susceptible to infections.
Stay active and exercise. Research shows that exercise may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness by slowing down the release of stress hormones. Create an exercise routine that can be done in your own home. I refer to my exercise books and YouTube videos.
My family and I also take the following supplements:
Vitamin C twice a day - your body uses what it needs and discards the rest
Hope you find this informative and useful. Let’s fight this virus together!