Spring is the hardest time for our immune system – vitamin reservoir that we collected in autumn is nearly empty while the weather is still cold and windy, it rains sometimes and even snows in northern countries. Practitioners persuade us to take more medicine and get a flu shot. But are there any other natural ways to boost immune system?
Surely, there are various options to help our immune system in a natural and cost-efficient method. If you often get cold, experience chronic fatigue syndrome, feel pain in muscles and joints, have headaches and sleep deprivation, you should consider the following advice seriously.
Plan daily menu
Proper eating protects our body from virus influence and strengthens host defense. Plan your diet so that it contains the nutrients listed below.
- Protein that is found in meat, fish, eggs, milk, prawns, calamari, pea, chickpea, beans and lentil.
- Spices including ginger, barberry, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, basil, cardamom, turmeric, bay leaf and horseradish.
- Vitamin A is received from carrot, grapes and all red and orange fruit and vegetables.
- Vitamin C is obtained from citrus, cranberry, cowberry, cabbage and briar.
- Vitamin E is in nuts, avocado, sunflower, olive and corn oil.
Besides, listed products contain zinc, selenium, ferrum and cupric which are highly beneficial for the immune system.
Immune Boost Recipes
Ginger tea defeats viruses. Peel 2 cm of raw ginger, cut it and put to the mug. Add 2 slices of fresh lemon and 2 tea spoons of organic honey. Fill the mixture with your favorite hot tea and let it brew for 5 minutes.
Briar is a popular remedy for flu and enhancement of immune resistance. Moreover, it has a lot of C vitamin. Put 4 table spoons of dried berries of brier to a thermos bottle and pour them with boiling water. Brew it for 4-6 hours and drink with organic honey.
Garlic is another product beneficial for immune system. You can add fresh garlic to salads and stews or eat it pure. But make sure that you do not have any important meetings after your lunch with garlic as it has a very strong smell!
Jams made of fresh berries (raspberry, for example) are delicious and helpful to overcome immune decline. Take 1 kilo of fresh berries and mix it with 1 kilo of sugar. You can heat the pot with berries to melt the sugar a little, but do not boil it. Put your jam to jars and keep them in the fridge.
Another option of jam for your immune system is mixture of 1 kilo of cranberry, 1 lemon and 3 table spoons of organic honey. Blend all the ingredient well and keep jam in the fridge.
The recipe of this super mix of nutrients will help you to survive cold season: blend together dried apricots, prunes, walnuts, raisins, lemon with peel and add organic honey to your taste. Put the mixture to a glass jar, place it in the fridge and take 1 spoon before each meal.
The essence of developing resistance to the cold is to train mucous membrane to adjust to abrupt change of temperature fast and stimulate cardiovascular system. You can start with washing arms with cold and hot water. The coldest temperature of water is +20 °C, and the hottest can be +35 °C.
The second step to train your body is to put your feet into cold water. Pour the coldest water from the tap into a basin and put your feet down there for 10 seconds several times. Then get your feet dried up with a towel, rub nourishing cream in and put wool socks on. This treatment is especially pleasant after a busy day!
Finally, when you get used to cold training, start taking contrast shower and make affusion. Right after the shower dry yourself up with a towel and put on warm clothes. This phased method is also applicable to develop resistance to the cold in children.
Move to your health!
Start from light 30-minute training if you do not practice any sport. And try to transfer your workout out in the open if possible. Any physical activity stimulates production of immunoglobulins that support our immune system. Choose any activity from this list that can be practiced outside and make yourself less prone to diseases and viruses.
- Nordic walking
- Riding bicycle
In addition, it is highly important to sleep well in order to support the whole body efficiently. When you sleep, the body produces melatonin that responds for immune protection. Moreover, always ventilate your bedroom before you go to bed and try to sleep with slightly open window to receive enough fresh air.