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Posted on 04 Apr 15:26
A healthy immune system is the backbone of great health

The immune system is made up of a network of cells, organs and tissues that work alongside each other to protect the body from foreign organisms and substances.

Without an effective immune system the body will quickly be run down with illness and disease.

An ultimate guide to superior health

We encourage you to take on a couple of these immune-boosting techniques every week and in doing so create lasting, life-long health.

  1. Increase your intake of natural Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been show in many clinical studies to boost the immune system as well as support the adrenal system. Vitamin C from natural sources is always a better way to go then its synthetic counterpart.
  2. Add more zinc to your diet by eating more spinach, kidney and lima beans, flax, sesame and pumpkin seeds, garlic, egg yolks, salmon, lamb and cacao powder. Zinc is an essential mineral for the immune function, healing wounds, a healthy thyroid and even blood clotting.
  3. Eat more unprocessed natural foods. Aim for a diet that is 70-80% raw allowing the body to be swamped with essential vitamins and nutrients that will build a strong immune system from the ground-up. Fresh fruit and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds should make up the foundation of your diet.
  4. Focus on Vitamin D-3 which is very often deficient in humans living in our modern world. Vitamin D deficiency leads to increased infections and suppression of your immune system. Vitamin D-3 is best optimized through supplementation; however you can also get it through eating fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel.
  5. Take the herb Ashwaghanda which helps the body adapt to stresses, due to its effectiveness on the adrenal system. Studies have shown that it contains powerful antioxidants that along with its other properties boosts the immune system, decreases anxiety and improves sleep.
  6. Exercise every day for 20 minutes, including High Intensity Interval Training into the workout. HIIT is one of the most effective ways to stimulate your immune system into working effectively.
  7. Echinacea is a herb that is widely popular today in fighting off colds and flus. The reality is this flowering plant has been used for centuries in boosting a person’s immune system.
  8. Cook certain meats through thoroughly, particularly poultry, which has a range of health risks when eaten raw.
  9. Make love more often! Having a regular and intimate love life strengthens the immune system and reduces the risk of colds and flus by 30%.
  10. Cleanse your gut with Oregano Oil which helps kill off bad bacteria within your intestinal tract.
  11. Include Selenium in your diet which is a powerful antioxidant mineral that even has cancer-fighting properties. Selenium also binds with many toxic minerals in the body helping to detox the body. Selenium can be taken as a supplement or by eating garlic, sardines and brazil nuts.
  12. Quit smoking. It’s simple; cigarette smoke is made up of 4000 chemicals, with over 60 of these already proven to be cancer-causing toxins. This not only will compromise your immune system but your whole body.
  13. Ginger is known for its powerful detoxifying properties particularly in regards to our respiratory system and lymphatic system which is our “sewage system.” Keeping these systems clear of infections and illness will result in a stronger immune system.
  14. Maintain a healthy weight, as obesity is shown to weaken our immune response. As we follow a healthy lifestyle program with both diet and food our weight will remain in a healthy state, therefore allowing our immune system to naturally strengthen.
  15. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation so that your body’s resources are focused on strengthening your body rather than eliminating toxins.
  16. Take a greens powder which has a broad spectrum of vitamins, nutrients and minerals which have powerful immune boosting properties such as magnesium, zinc, iron and selenium.
  17. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, so that your body can naturally repair and rejuvenate at a cellular level. Inadequate sleep affects your immune system.
  18. Wash your hands effectively with soap and water to stop the spread of bacteria and its potential for infecting your body.
  19. Eat fresh produce that is free from pesticides and chemicals. By ensuring it is fresh you’ll maximise nutritional intake as well as protecting yourself from harmful bacteria.
  20. The juice of pomegranate and their seeds are high in antioxidants as well as having skin boosting properties that protect collagen.
  21. Astragalus a herb used in Chinese Medicine for centuries is known for its immune boosting qualities. It’s also been used as an energy boosting supplement.
  22. Book in a massage once a week, which not only promotes new blood flow to the body’s extremities, but also reduces stress, a key factor in improving your immune system.
  23. Take Olive Leaf extract which has a high concentration of antioxidants to fight off foreign invaders inside the body.
  24. Larch Arabinogalactan is sourced from the wood of the Larch tree and is said to boost the immune system by increasing intestinal levels of beneficial bacteria. It is therefore said to protect against the common cold the flu and other bacterial and viral infections.
  25. For those that are brave undertake a weekly coffee enema. Used by the famous Gerson Institute for healing of chronic health conditions, a coffee enema stimulates the liver to produce Glutathione S Transferase a chemical which is known as a master detoxifier in our bodies. A clean, detoxed body results in a powerful immune system.
  26. Eat mushrooms, particularly shitake and oyster mushrooms that don’t lose their antioxidant power during the cooking process. Mushrooms are known for their immune boosting powers.
  27. Buy a salt lamp for your bedroom. Salt has been used medicinally for thousands of years particularly for respiratory issues. Salt lamps create healthy negative ions that clean and purify your air, as well as filling the air with a light salt that has benefits for your lungs and airways.
  28. Cook with the cabbage family which support your liver and help with detoxifying so that immune cells can live and proliferate.
  29. Have ginger tea or ginger water everyday which will balance your immune system to its normal function. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, vital for suppressing illness.
  30. Develop a positive mindset and look for ways to be grateful every day. We know that we are what we eat; however just as equally, we are how we think. The body reacts to your mindset whether it be fear, anxiety or stress, your body’s immune system will be hampered going into a fight or flight response.
  31. Lay-off taking too many antibiotics, which will kill the good bacteria in your gut allowing for an overgrowth of bad bacteria to take hold. 70-80% of your immune system is in your digestive tract and good bacteria are the chief weapons in fighting off foreign invaders that wreak havoc on your immune system.
  32. Take a multi-strain probiotic. Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that help defend your immune system within your digestive tract. The digestive tract is made up of hundreds of different strains of good bacteria, so it’s important to take a probiotic that has a number of different types of good bacteria. Generally a practitioner’s own probiotic is the way to go.
  33. Choose real food rather than artificial sweeteners and food colourings that strip the body form essential minerals and nutrients. By eating superfoods you’ll be able to quickly swamp the body with high-potency vitamins and minerals.
  34. Don’t skip meals, which will only cause your body to be deficient in key nutrients. If you’re concerned about over-eating you can always replace a meal with a superfood smoothie that will be low in calories but high in key nutrients, minerals and vitamins to strengthen your immune system.
  35. Remove yourself from ongoing stress; we know this is harder said than done however even implementing quick, effective relaxation techniques throughout the day can be effective in keeping your immune system in top-shape.
  36. Minimise hand-to-hand contact as well as reducing your use of common public property, such as bathroom door handles, pens at the bank and even handrails. One of the greatest methods of the spread of colds and flus is through people’s hands. We don’t suggest you turn into a glove wearing freak, but just to be a little selective in what you touch.
  37. Find ways you can exercise throughout your day, this could be simple walking to work, or taking time to go to the gym during your lunch break. 30 minutes of exercise reactivates your white blood cells in your body, creating a stronger immune system.
  38. Laugh more! Watch more comedies or use this as an excuse to watch more of those viral YouTube videos we waste our time watching at work! Research shows that laughing stimulates and activates our immune cells.
  39. Eat more almonds, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds which are high in Vitamin E, a powerful immune-defending source antioxidant.
  40. Focus on Vitamin B6. Our B Vitamins are known for their value in providing energy, but B6 is special for also the maintenance of our immune system. Foods high in B6 include tuna, pistachio nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, prunes, bananas, spinach and avocadoes.
  41. Crave the Carotenoids. Carotenoids are found in sweet potato, pumpkin and squash and are transformed by the body into Vitamin A which strengthen your body’s immune system.
  42. Folate or its synthetic form Folic Acid increases the immune response. Dark leafy greens, citrus fruits and avocadoes are foods which are high in Folate.
  43. Become a social butterfly; research shows that those with an active social life live healthier lives, with social interaction boosting people’s moods and immune systems. So get out, meet new people and enjoy the added benefits to your health.
  44. Get a little dirty! Exposing yourself to germs and bacteria stimulates your immune system and is actually a vital key to boosting your immune system! So don’t worry about getting a little bit of dirt on your hands.
  45. Eat Manuka Honey, which has antibacterial properties and fights serious infection.
  46. Grape seed extract a liquid supplement extracted from the fruit and seeds of grapefruit, has a very high rate of free-radical eliminating antioxidants. The extract also includes hesperidin, a natural immune-system booster.
  47. Have a green tea in the morning which has powerful antioxidant properties. We would suggest sourcing the finest quality green tea, as the variation between brands can be significant in terms of quality and health-boosting properties. Look for organic tea or tea grown in clean, pollution-free environments that have been grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
  48. Try the King of the Medicinal Mushroom, otherwise known as Chaga. Chaga has extremely high antioxidant properties as well as complex polysaccharides which are potent immune supporting properties. Chaga is native to Siberia and although expensive, is one of the most powerful immune-boosting and anti-aging Superfoods on the planet.
  49. Wormwood is another little known herb that has powerful effects on your guts overall immune health. Wormwood provides a deadly environment to intestinal invaders such as bad bacteria while at the same time boosting digestion and being a source of antioxidants.
  50. Drink more clean water, and better yet alkalize the water with lemon or a sprinkle of bicarbonate soda. Your body naturally alkalizes to an immune-supporting PH of 7.35, while poor diet and stress results in an acidic body, leading to sickness and disease. Alkalized water will naturally detox your body, in turn freeing up resources for your immune system. Furthermore you’ll be regulating your body’s 3 natural digestive cycles, of digestion, absorption and elimination.
  51. Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been shown in a few studies to protect the body from autoimmune disorders as well as general inflammatory responses during sickness. Salmon and Flaxseed oils are two of the best foods for Omega 3 intake.
  52. Try oil pulling 1-2 times a day with coconut oil. Oil pulling draws out bacteria from within your mouth and gums, freeing up the resources within your immune system for other battles. Try adding oregano oil to the coconut oil which is a great antibacterial and antifungal oil.
  53. Get out in the sun with exposed skin to get a healthy daily intake of Vitamin D. Vitamin D has a vast range of health benefits, including having a foundational role in our immune system.
  54. Eat more garlic which has the powerful compound Allicin, which is both antibacterial and antifungal, targeting bad bacteria within your gut and being particularly effective against harmful gut flora such as Candida albicans.
  55. Add a spoonful of Acai Berry powder to a smoothie or drink each day. Acai berry is a fantastic superfood that has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit, as well as being a good source of omega 3’s and essential vitamins and minerals.
  56. Purchase an air purifier for your home. Clean air is often overlooked when it comes to improving a person’s health; however considering how important air is to a human’s existence, it goes without saying the importance of having clean fresh air. Purify the air within your bedroom where you spend 1/3 of your life.
  57. The Amazonian Camu Camu fruit which comes as a powder has over 20x more vitamin C than oranges, as well as being an effective immune booster with high levels of antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties.