7 Immune System Boosters to Keep You Healthy this Season
Hope you caught my segment on Good Day LA!
If you missed it be sure to check out my recap below.
We’ve all been staying at home for months, and let’s admit it: we’ve been stuffing our faces with junk food. Hey—it’s 2020. I get it!
But here’s the deal. All that junk doesn’t just put extra pounds on our waistlines—it also weakens our immune systems. And believe me: The last thing you want right now is an out-of-whack immune system. So as we head into the holidays, now is the time to turn to some powerful immune boosters.
The very first thing on your list is ZINC. Why is that?
Zinc is absolutely crucial for fighting off viruses, because it inhibits their ability to multiply. Women in particular tend to be zinc-deficient—especially if they’re vegan or vegetarian. You don’t want to overdo zinc, but make sure you get a daily dose of it—about 8 to 10 milligrams a day.
Are there any other supplements you recommend?
Yes. Take vitamin D, because even if you get enough sunshine, you’re probably deficient. Start with 600 IU per day, but have your doctor check your levels and see if you need more. And make sure you’re taking VITAMIN D3, which is the most potent form.
Vitamin C is crucial, too, because it helps your body make the white blood cells that fight off germs. Take 2000 milligrams a day, and if you get sick, take even more—as much as you can tolerate without getting diarrhea.
And I don’t go anywhere without an herbal anti-microbial like Biocidin. Viruses park in your throat and your nose, and this can kill them before they can cause trouble.
Your next tip is for the cooks in our audience. What is it?
Spice up every meal! Herbs and spices have incredible immune-boosting properties. In particular, reach for turmeric, ginger, and garlic. And here’s an important tip: When you use garlic, chop it up and let it sit for a few minutes before you use it. This activates its antibiotic-like qualities so it’s even more effective.
What other foods can enhance our immune function?
One of the best is BONE BROTH. It’s loaded with GLYCINE, which helps to regulate your immune system so it fights infections without going off the rails and harming your own cells.
Also, eat citrus—I love to drink a glass of lemon water first thing every morning. And load up on berries, broccoli, red bell peppers, spinach, and probiotic foods.
The next immune booster on your list isn’t a food or a vitamin. What is it?
It’s simple: GO OUTSIDE. You’ve GOT to get a little sunshine every day. First, you’ll boost your vitamin D levels, and we know that’s crucial to fighting off germs. Second, you’ll clear your lungs so they can work better. And third, research shows that when you’re outdoors, you’re breathing in PHYTONCIDES. These are airborne chemicals that plants give off, and they have powerful antibacterial qualities.
So even if it’s nippy outside, take a walk or do some yardwork. It’s powerful medicine.
Your next tip is to meditate. How can that make our immune systems work better?
Meditation actually increases your production of disease-fighting antibodies. It also lowers your stress, and we know that stress weakens your ability to fight off germs.
Here’s your next tip: swap out sugar for Stevia or monk fruit. Why is that?
Sugar is bad news because it depresses your immune function by 40% for up to five hours. And artificial sweeteners aren’t any better, because they mess with your gut microbes—and 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Stevia and monk fruit are much, MUCH better choices, because they’re actually good for you.
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Stay Strong and Be Healthy!