Supporting your immune system daily!
Spring is on its way! It has been a long cold and wet winter, with many people suffering from viruses and flu-like symptoms.
We are all looking forward to some warmer weather, sunshine and vitamin D.
We need to support our immune system throughout the whole year to help fight off the many different viruses and bacteria we are exposed to every day.
We can do that through whole foods and healthy eating, including plenty of vegetables of different colours, some fruit and proteins such as deep-sea fish, free-range chicken and red meat. Slow cooking with legumes and herbs and vegetables is a wonderful way to nourish your body.
Soups are delicious but also important for increasing your intake of water, vegetables and protein. Homemade chicken soup made with a whole chicken and vegetables is known to shorten the length of colds.
Herbal teas are wonderful for supporting your immunity as well as keeping you hydrated and cleansing your system of waste products.
Drinking filtered water is also needed to help your body function optimally.
Getting enough sleep every night is also vital and if you do catch a cold or flu, then resting and convalescing is very important for a full recovery.
I think our society has forgotten how to convalesce or rest, or don’t see it as necessary.
But it is important because it allows our body to fully recover from illness and also replenish its energy and vitality after being unwell.
Your digestive health is very important because a large percentage of your immune system is in your gut. So having a healthy microbiome is vital to a healthy immune system.
Antibiotics, the pill and many medications affect the health of your gut, as does gastro or food poisoning.
There are many different strains of probiotics for many different health conditions.
It is important to discuss your health concerns with a health professional such as a naturopath so you get the most effective and potent probiotic.
As we look towards spring and the warmer months, it can mean hayfever and allergies for many people.
Again, there are probiotics that can help deal with the cause of your allergy rather than just treating the symptoms. Treating the symptoms with herbal medicine is important, but treating the cause is essential so you can rebalance your immune system and prevent it from over-reacting to the environment.
If you would like to discuss your health concerns in a consultation then please phone my clinic.
I have just reformulated my organic Tea for Health ‘Immuni-tea’ and added olive leaf as it is a wonderful antioxidant and helps support healthy immune function. Other herbs include echinacea root, rose hips, peppermint and ginger to name a few.
It is delicious and you can add honey if you need to soothe a sore throat or like your tea sweet.
Support your immune system daily by simply eating healthy food, exercising, getting enough sleep and adding herbal teas to your routine!