Win­ter im­mu­nity

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News - BY NATUROPATHS SO­PHIE LORBACK AND BELINDA MCPHERSON (BHSCI. NATUR­OPA­THY)

A GOOD im­mune sys­tem is not sim­ply an ab­sence of dis­ease but more im­por­tantly is a state of life­long re­sis­tance and abil­ity to re­cover in a timely man­ner.

Ap­prox­i­mately 70 per cent of our im­mune sys­tem is lo­cated in our gut, indicating that op­ti­mal nu­tri­tional sta­tus and gut func­tion are paramount, es­pe­cially dur­ing win­ter.

Tips to stay healthy this win­ter:

1) Avoid sugar, white flour and pro­cessed snacks. These both sup­press the func­tion of the im­mune sys­tem and al­low for in­fec­tions to eas­ily repli­cate.

2) Hy­dra­tion. A dry nose and throat are much more sus­cep­ti­ble to in­fec­tion so keep them lu­bri­cated. The ex­tra flu­ids will also help with the elim­i­na­tion of virus. This means pri­mar­ily wa­ter with the oc­ca­sional honey/lemon type drink – packet juice is es­sen­tially just packet sugar.

3) Bone stocks. It’s easy to do and will last you for ages. The re­sult­ing broth is chock-full of min­er­als that are per­fect in your win­ter soups and stews. In­cor­po­rate gin­ger, gar­lic, pars­ley, turmeric, and horse­rad­ish to boost your an­timi­cro­bial, an­ti­fun­gal as­pect of your meal. Eat­ing eas­ily di­gestible foods such as soups and stews al­lows your body to fo­cus on fight­ing viruses in­stead of us­ing en­ergy to digest.

4) Iron sta­tus. Iron de­fi­ciency is very com­mon, and can sig­nif­i­cantly com­pro­mise im­mune func­tion. Red meat of­fers a great heme iron source, other al­ter­na­tives in­clude lentils, or­ganic dried apri­cots, egg yolks and leafy greens. Add vi­ta­min C con­tain­ing foods to boost your ab­sorp­tion, and re­duce your con­cur­rent con­sump­tion of black tea and cof­fee which in­hibit your ab­sorp­tion of iron.

5) Vi­ta­min C, echi­nacea, and an­tiox­i­dants are well known vi­ta­mins and herbs that help boost the im­mune sys­tem, re­duce the his­tamine re­sponse (re­spon­si­ble for sneezes and in­flam­ma­tory re­sponses) and aid in fight­ing in­fec­tion. Brightly col­ored fruits and veg­eta­bles, such as broc­coli, red cap­sicum, berries, car­rots nuts, seeds, cold wa­ter fish, and pars­ley, are all ex­am­ples of these food sources.

VI­TA­MIN C: A well known vi­ta­min to help boost the im­mune sys­tem.

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