Tips to strengthen your natural immunity

Tips to strengthen your natural immunity

Author -  Good Health

1. Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and coffee. 

Both type of beverages will dehydrate your mucus membranes and cause the body to become more acidic, making you more prone to infection. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids such as water, herbal teas and green tea and fresh juices as these will keep your body hydrated.

2. Don’t smoke cigarettes.

We all know they’re no good for your health. Studies have also found that people who smoke have the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood. Vitamin C is an important water-soluble vitamin. It’s vital for a really healthy immune system because it enhances white blood cell activity and immune support. Smoking is a big no-no for strengthening your natural immunity or any other facet of your everyday health.

3. Alkalise your body with greens and superfoods.

Superfoods such as wheat grass, barley grass and Spirulina have really made a name for themselves recently. It’s interesting, as health professionals have encouraged people to ‘eat their greens’ for a very long time. A great trick is including a squeeze of lemon in hot water first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to alkalise your body as well as kick-start your digestive system. The reason we recommend alkalising your body is because your immune system naturally works more effectively in a less acidic environment.

4. Reduce your intake of refined sugars.

A high consumption of sugar (including lots of fruit) actually depresses the immune system. Keep fruit juices to a minimum and consume vegetable juices or a combination of both. It only takes approximately 1 teaspoon of sugar to cause suppression in the function of your white blood cells, which make up your immune system.

5. Get enough sleep. 

How can you fight off germs and associated viruses when you’re tired? Your body finally gets a chance to rejuvenate when you get some rest. It doesn’t have to be a solid 8 hours as everyone is different and the type of sleep that you fall into is important too. If you remember dreaming then this indicates you’ve gone into a deep sleep. If you struggle to get to sleep, there are a number of natural alternatives. Magnesium supplements are very helpful to get you relaxed before bedtime, we would recommend taking Organic Magnesium Ultra thirty minutes before bed.

6. Support your adrenal glands and monitor stress levels. 

Ever noticed that when you’re under stress you seem more susceptible to nasty viruses? That’s because stress depresses your immune system. Although it is difficult to avoid every day stressors like traffic and work deadlines, there are ways that we can help our natural defense. B vitamins and adaptogen herbs are great support to the adrenal glands and they may also have immune enhancing properties. B Stress Free and Stress and Vitality Support will assist your adrenal glands to manage stress. Magnesium is great to relax your nervous system, which will further aid those adrenal glands of yours.

7. Exercise regularly. 

Moderate exercise has shown to reduce bacterial and viral infections while preventing upper respiratory tract infections by increasing the activity of your white blood cells. However, too much strenuous exercise can increase the incidence of infections. Yes, you heard right. It’s important to moderate your regular exercise.

8. Strengthen your immune system with anti-viral and antibacterial herbs. 

Some of the best herbs to support your immune system include Astragulus for strengthening the immune system. Olive leaf is great for anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects. It has been shown to penetrate infected viral cells and stop the virus from replicating. Viralex provides fantastic support to your natural immune system by combining both Astralagus and Olive Leaf. Andrographis has strong immune stimulating properties and may reduce the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Viralex Attack combines both Olive Leaf and Andrographis It can also alleviate symptoms such as fever and inflammation. Others include garlic, pau d’arco, echinacea, devil’s claw and pelargonium. 

9. Try out Propolis.

Propolis is the combination of specific tree resins that are collected by honeybees. Bees use propolis to sterilize the hive and protect both trees and their fellow bees from infections. It’s considered good for strengthening your immunity and it may suppress and prevent the reproduction of the viruses that cause the Common Cold. It may reduce the duration of the cold because of the anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Propolis 40 provides high strength natural protection.


10. Watch what you eat.

As the cooler months approach, start to eat more warming foods to boost and nourish your immune system. Salads are great in summer but too much raw food can actually cause dampness in your body, which can cause excess mucus as a result. This is not ideal if you suffer from allergies, asthma or have chesty cough. Alternatively if you feel like salads or cool foods such as juices or smoothies, add a bit of finely grated ginger for the associated warming effects. Other spices to add to your dishes include turmeric, garlic, coriander, aniseed, horseradish and pepper. If you’re into your hot cuppa’s then the best teas to dry out excess mucus are green tea, raspberry leaf tea and jasmine tea.


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