There was a poster doing the rounds on facebook yesterday which said “the greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it". And of course food is the best medicine. If your immune system is strong and able to handle alien invaders, it will defend and protect your body. You don't need a flu shot to do the defending and protecting, feeding and maintaining your immune system will do the job best.
6 foods that provide natural medication for your immune system
at least once a week (but more often even better such as several cloves daily) will act as an antibiotic, clean the blood and even lower cholesterol while boosting your immune system. Garlic can also eliminate parasites and fungal growth while detoxing any heavy metals. Garlic, and onions too, are great at increasing T-cell activity. If you are worried about bad breath, then chew on some parsley which is also an immune booster so you get twice the benefits.
are fresh tasting, delicious and colorful additions to your diet but cayenne pepper stimulates all the systems involved in blood flow plus being good for your circulation and hormonal balance. Learn to handle the heat and take a pinch every day.
are highly prized for their immune boosting properties, particularly in those exotic varieties such as reishi, maitake and shitake, by activating T-cells which are the body's own defence against viruses and cancer cells. Eat daily as an immune booster.
has a warming effect on the body keeping hands and feet more comfortable in the winter but top of the list are its anti-inflammatory properties for optimum joint health. Make sure you include ginger in your diet daily as a tea or, as I do, chopped up with other goodies in a daily smoothie.
give color, taste, anti-oxidants, fiber and Alpha carotene to your diet so add yams (sweet potatoes), yellow beets, carrots, pumpkins and squash to your veggie intake along with all the other colors of the rainbow for maximum immune boosting properties.
can be mixed in a salad to give your immune system an antioxidant cocktail. Include parsley, basil, oregano, dill, coriander, mint and purslane along with your regular salad ingredients. If your immune system does allow a cold or virus flu through its defences, then sage tea will soothe sore throats and fight coughs, colds and flu symptoms. Steep a handful of sage leaves in boiling water for a few minutes before sweetening with a teaspoonful or two of raw honey and a slice of lemon and drink several times a day until the germs are gone.
Give your immune system an additional boost by not smoking, getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well (including masses of fresh vegetables), ensuring your vitamin D levels are high, drinking plenty of pure, filtered water, avoiding stress and learning to laugh, laugh and laugh again!