By: Australian Natural Care (originally published on Australian Natural Care website, 2019)
Top tips to boost your immune system
Keep your diet in check –
Minimise low nutrient foods like junk food and instead pile your plate high with nutrient dense wholefoods (fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meat and fish).
Include protein (lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds); carbohydrates (fresh fruits & veggies, wholegrains like brown rice, oats, buckwheat, spelt and rye); and fats (olive oil,coconut oil, avocado,oily fish, nuts, seeds, full fatGreek yoghurt).
Lifestyle influences –
Excessive alcohol consumption will deplete the body of essential nutrients.
All work and no play will impact your immune system so try to limit stress and take a break now and then.
Exercise benefits the lymphatic system which feeds directly into the immune system, plus it can help clear nasty bugs from the lungs and airways.
Try some herbal medicine –
Echinacea– modulates the immune system. It is commonly used to provide resistance to infections, particularly in the upper respiratory tract.
Medicinal mushrooms– proficient at modulating the immune system and fighting infections. The top immune mushrooms arereishi, shiitake,cordyceps, turkey tail,chaga,lion’s maneand maitake.
YEPtea– a traditional tea containing yarrow, elderflower andpeppermint. It works to help reduce the duration and severity of a cold or flu.