Is there an accelerated program to boost the immune system fast, naturally?
How I did it
I started off with having the flu almost every month. In my teens, I managed to keep away from it with a zinc supplement, Surbex T.
But years later, working with all the scientific research in my job, I knew better. It was while I was at home looking after my kids that I finally broke free of being sick with the flu frequently.
What changed things for me was echinacea. I took it just as I caught a bout of flu. The first time I took it, I recovered faster. My bouts of flu became shorter and shorter. Eventually they were further and further apart!
But that’s not to say I didn’t already have some things that gave me a head start. So with that in mind, I’m suggesting 4 steps to sustained stronger immunity:
Step 1: Eliminate bad habits
If you do any of the following, stop immediately:
- Sleep late
- Drink alcohol regularly
- Eat processed, junk, fast, sugary, fatty food
- Stress out over almost everything
Step 2: Speed up the body’s cleaning processes
Also known as detox. Let me explain this plainly if you’re rolling your eyes here. You basically help your body’s filtering organ, your liver, to clear away harmful substances from your systems. So how do you do this?
- Drink a lot more water.
- Eat a lot more fiber. This comes from fruits, vegetables, and grains (namely oats and psyllium husk). Don’t fall for the trap of mayonnaise or salad cream. They will compromise your efforts.
Step 3: Get into immunity boosting habits
Here are some habits that will immediately help you to feel much better:
- Sleep early
- Go for a walk to get more oxygen in your body when you feel stressed
- Eat mostly fruits and vegetables to get immunity boosting phytochemicals, antioxidants, and polysaccharides
Step 4: Eat power immunity boosters
To start you on a journey towards powerful immunity, here are some plant foods you can rely on.
- Cactus: for a wide range of antioxidants and phytochemicals.
- Mushrooms: for polysaccharides.
- Echinacea: particularly useful for flu/cold.
- Ginger: highly anti-inflammatory.
- Honey: a spoon a day. Go for manuka honey or any honey that you know has anti-bacterial properties.
There are many books out there talking about improving your immunity. But I have a select few that I found particularly illuminating.
I am also always looking into how plant foods feed my immune system. Rather than take online articles or hearsay as fact, I investigate by looking for scientific studies.
In addition, the knowledge I get from books teach me to be more discerning in trying immunity boosting supplements. That way I only get those that truly benefit my immune system.
For example, knowing the dangers of isolated nutrients, I almost never touch supplements which contain any of them.
What’s your strategy?
Have you tried something that boosted your immunity fast naturally? Please do share it with me by leaving a comment!