With the weather beginning to cool down, we can often see an increase in virus and bacterial infections.
Why is this so?
In the cooler months of autumn, winter and spring, viruses like the Rhino Virus are often at their peak (this is not to say other viruses may not also be at their highest level during these times as well).
Certain viruses may have the tendency to spread during these seasons so it’s important if not vital to boost your immune system now to prevent getting sick.
Getting sick is always awful and once the infection has set in, it’s a lot harder to become well again so why wait to get sick when you can protect yourself today?
Best Tips to Boost Immunity and Avoid Viral Infection
Wash hands regularly
Be sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water frequently and avoid antibacterial hand wash/sanitiser. Now you may think ‘Huh, isn’t antibacterial hand wash/sanitiser a good thing? No, it is not. Most of these “antibacterial” products contain toxic chemicals such as triclosan, that is not only harmful to our health but also the environment.
In fact, triclosan has been banned in the EU and also in the US state of Minnesota. There is also research to show that triclosan could be increasing superbugs by increasing strains of bacteria that are resistant to triclosan.
Instead, just use plain old-fashioned soap and warm water, make your own healthy soap (as you’ll see below) and purchase a natural hand sanitiser available online or in most good health food stores.
Avoid crowds/crowded places
This isn’t always possible but if you can, avoid these types of situations during cold & flu season or in any type of viral outbreak. The problem is that often people who may be infected with a virus, may not know as they may not have symptoms yet, but they may be shedding the virus. Crowded places increase your chances of coming into contact with an infected person.
The word says it all really. Disinfect all surfaces with non-toxic disinfecting sprays or make your own with white vinegar, clove, eucalyptus and lemon essential oils. If pregnant, use essential oils with caution as there are many that cannot be used in pregnancy.
This is pretty obvious but sometimes we need reminding. Eating more fruits and veggies and less animal products like meat and dairy will do you the world of good to help your body build a strong immune system.There is an exception to this though and that is liver as liver is a super food and contains incredible nutrition that can help keep your immune system fighting fit. Be sure that it is grass-fed and free from any nasties, like this one.
Choose lots of different coloured veggies and fruits so you’re getting a broad spectrum of nutrition. Red, yellow and orange capsicums are great as they contain immune-boosting antioxidant vitamin C and other healthy nutrients.
Gold sweet potato is also good and carrots too as they contain vitamin A (vitamin A is needed for immune wellbeing). Eat lots and lots of green veggies and try to find and use organic where possible for your best wellbeing and line of defence.
Raw onions and garlic are great for the immune system as they are natural antibiotics and garlic is naturally antiviral. Add garlic to your fresh juices with blood-building beet juice and lemon for vitamin C.
I could go on and on about what to eat but this blog would be very long and heads would start nodding off so I’ll keep it simple. Eat more plants, the more organic and unprocessed, the better and include raw veggies, salads and fresh sprouts.
Keep your body healthy, strong and fighting fit with regular exercise. It’s common sense that our body’s like to move (need to move) and when we don’t move around through the day and stay sedentary at a desk, we feel it!
Movement is essential for a good immune system and it doesn’t have to be vigorous, even just a good fast-paced walk can do wonders and if you can’t get outside, there is always a mini trampoline (lymphaciser). Jumping on a mini tramp gets the lymphatic system going (hence the nickname) and this can help with detox and immune function.
Some folks are of the belief that detox programs/protocols are unnecessary as the body already detoxifies on it’s own and while yes, the body does detox naturally, it may not always do it all that effectively due to the heavy load we are under in this modern world.
Sure, if we lived in Utopia where there were no chemical fertilisers, pollutants, chemical toxins, rubbish food, drugs, smoke, heavy metals, toxic emotions and more we probably would not need to cleanse our bodies.
But guess what? We don't live in Utopia (though one day I’d like to think the world will be like this). So detoxifying is an incredibly powerful practice that one might like to consider adding to their life?
Twice a year is great and the best times to do this are autumn (fall) and spring. The climate is usually more ideal for cleaning your internal ‘house’.
If you’re in the southern hemisphere (like I am), autumn starts in March and it can be a great time to detox as Christmas is long-gone, festivities start to slow down and perhaps less social events? I love cleansing in autumn!
Spring is great too because you’ve just come out of hibernation and may be carrying some extra kilos that can be shed with a proper cleanse.
The minimum for best results is 2 weeks and coming off a cleanse gradually is crucial so allow yourself extra days here.
Charcoal and Chia seeds with the juice of 1 lemon, a good pinch of sea salt and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper is a great start to your detox day!
Check out My 10 Tips for Detox Blog here.
Take immune-boosting supplements
There are lots (and lots) of supplements on the market that claim to boost immunity and some of them probably do, just be careful to choose ones as close to nature as possible. Many synthetic supplements can be poorly absorbed or contain fillers, chemicals, etc. and you may be throwing your money down the toilet if they are doing little for you?
Try These ones instead.
As I mentioned, liver is a super food and is highly nutrient-dense which means it contains a lot of nutrition for building and maintaining good health and vitality. It contains many nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, B vitamins, selenium, zinc and so much more!
Contrary to popular belief, liver does not store toxins, it filters them out. What it does store though is nutrients so hence why it is so darn good for you.
Check out my video below to see why you might like to include desiccated liver supplements in your diet.
These fly off our shelves in times of viral outbreak so be sure to grab some today!
Known as a ‘Medicinal Mushroom’, (but actually more of a fungus), Cordyceps is becoming more and more popular and widely used. It used to just be used in TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) to help with respiratory problems (can help build lung function), boosting the immune system, increasing energy/stamina and so much more!
When choosing a Cordyceps supplement, try to go for one that is organic, GMO-free and free from harmful chemicals and unnecessary fillers and binders. Such as this one.
Coconut oil is an incredible food and it’s been used in many countries and cultures for centuries because of it’s wonderful versatility and healthy benefits. This oil has potent antimicrobial qualities that may protect your body against harmful pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. There is evidence also, that using coconut oil as a mouthwash can have powerful effects on oral health. Remember… good health starts in your mouth!
Healthy gums and mouth flows onto the rest of your body.
Always choose an organic coconut oil that is free from nasty hexane gas (in the producing of the oil) and is pure and of the highest quality, like this one.
Disclaimer: this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert medical advice from their trusted health practitioner.