- Nutrition is the major determinant in strengthening the immune system
- Reduce stress wherever possible (physical, emotional and mental)
- Limit alcohol and tobacco consumption
- Limit prescription and non-prescription drug intake
- Sugar depresses the immune system
- Allergies can weaken the immune system
- Limit environmental factors
- Vitamins A, C, beta-carotene, zinc and other antioxidants
Things to do once you are sick
- Rest and sleep
- ‘Build a fire in the belly’ – ginger, garlic, chili, horseradish, all are warming recipes that help to stimulate the immune system.
- Soups are fantastic but stay away from creamy soups.
- Drink lots of fluids – especially herbal teas and water or diluted juices. Hot and clear liquids help to mobilize the lymphatic system and this thins the mucus.
- Hot / Cold tea – Yarrow, elder and peppermint
- Hot / Cold tea #2 – Juice of one lemon, ½ lemon rind, ½ cinnamon stick, 2-3sprigs of thyme, 3cm grated ginger root and a bit of honey. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing all contents and drink.
- Avoid alcohol, sugar and dairy products as they are either mucus forming or depress the immune system.
- Vitamin C – reduces the signs and symptoms and can help prevent catching a cold too. 1 gram per day is good to start with.
Good Green Stuff & The Immune System
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