Winter is here and so is the dreaded cold and flu season. We all know that washing our hands and trying to stay away hydrated helps to keep you from getting sick. But what else can we do?
We all have our rituals for getting better once we have been infected. But what are you doing to boost your immune system to fight against the flu before you get it?
Foods and Herbs to boost your immune system
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and stress reliever. It is a powerful tool to bring balance and health to your body.
CBD can ease the nasty symptoms of the common cold and flu. You can use a tincture in your water each morning and boost your health, relieve stress, and stay hydrated all at once!
My Gram always had Echinacea tea in the house. Whenever I was little, and my friends were showing up to school sick, I’d find her brewing tea and making tea popsicles for me with honey. Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells. These blood cells fight off colds or infection.
Turmeric has been called one of the most potent anti-inflammatory spices and has been used in traditional South Asian medicine for centuries. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric reduces pain. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and helps the blood flow.
Reishi, Oyster, Enoki, and Shiitake mushrooms all have natural immunity boosters because they contain ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant that doesn’t get destroyed by heat during the cooking process. Widely used in Easter medicine, mushrooms have showed to increase the number of immune cells in the body.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences showed that people who ate shiitake mushrooms every day for four weeks displayed increased immunity and enjoyed better health. You can make tea, soup, or simply grill them up for an afternoon snack with garlic and Olive oil for an immunity booster treat.
Garlic is a powerful natural immune system booster because garlic has natural anti-microbial properties. Additionally, Garlic’s active ingredients: allicin and diallyl sulfides are natural antibiotics and kill harmful bacteria and prevent their growth.
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, the antibiotics in garlic aren’t harmful to the body and bacteria do not appear to develop a resistance to garlic as they do with pharmaceuticals.
Incredibly, Ginger helps warm the body from the inside out and breaks down the accumulation of toxins in your body. Ginger targets the sinuses, lungs and lymphatic system with it’s anti-toxins. Also an anti-inflammatory, Ginger works by promoting healthy sweating that takes the toxins out of the body through the skin. It's like a yummy sauna! Sweat it out!