Score Yourself Immunity This Winter
You can probably tell from my headline that I watch far too many reality TV game shows. We just made it through The Biggest Loser, and now we’re diving deep into Master Chef and The Voice (how good is The Voice!). We’re wild here in The Wellness Warrior house. Enough about my high brow entertainment choices though, today we’re going to talk about the steps you can take to protect yourself from the Snot Monster this winter.
First of all, you do not need to offer your arm up and get jabbed with a flu shot. I don’t care if they are free and “everyone else at work is getting them”. I expect to cop a bit of resistance when I write about vaccinations, and I probably will now that I’m slagging off the flu vaccine, but I don’t mind. Flu shots are useless at best, and dangerous at worst. They are also totally unnecessary if we listen to our bodies, look after them, and protect ourselves the natural way. Believe it or not, but our bodies are amazingly resilient and they are equipped to cope with the change in season.
After seeing how dedicated my wellness regime is, people are always saying to me, “I bet you never get sick!”. I do though, actually, just not for long. In fact, this morning my meditation was interrupted by my running nose and sneezing fit. We are meant to get sick! Just like how trees lose their leaves upon the change in season, colds and flus are natural mechanisms of our bodies. It’s only when we suppress them that we run into problems.
Flu shot recipes change each year, but these are the just some of the ingredients that are usually in them: formaldehyde (a known cancer-causing agent), thimerosal, mercury, aluminum (a neurotoxin), triton X-100 (a detergent), phenol (carbolic acid), ethylene glycol (antifreeze), betapropiolactone (a disinfectant), nonoxynol (used to kill or stop growth of STDs), octoxinol 9 (a vaginal spermicide), and sodium phosphate.
So, you could inject your body with that nasty cocktail or … you could protect yourself naturally by implementing these methods:
Get adequate vitamin D
Vitamin D allows your immune system to activate. Vitamin D works by increasing your body’s production of 2-300 different antimicrobital peptides that are far more effective than any synthetic antibiotic or antiviral. Not only does vitamin D protect you against the flu, but it will also help to prevent a heap of other more serious illnesses including depression and cancer.
Avoid sugar and processed foods
Sugar is not just in the obvious culprits like cakes, lollies, and soft drinks – it lurks in pretty much all processed foods including sauces and breakfast cereals. Sugar impairs the function of your immune system almost immediately.
Dairy is very mucous forming, which is not good during any season, but during the cold and flu season it is particularly detrimental.
Eat lots of veggies
Now is the time to get stuck into veggie juices, green smoothies, veggie soups, and lots of other fresh vegetable dishes. There is a pharmacy right inside your refrigerator (provided it’s stocked with the right stuff).
Get adequate sleep
It’s important to aim for eight hours of sleep per night. Our bodies produce the immune-boosting hormone melatonin between the hours of 10pm-2am. So it’s important to be in a deep sleep between those hours. I’ve heard that we get our best healing sleep before midnight.
Move your ass regularly
Exercise enables the components of your immune system to be better circulated, meaning that it gives your immune system a better chance of locating an illness before it spreads.
Nothing brings your immune system undone quite like high cortisol levels – and stress floods your body with the stuff. Keep calm by practicing meditation, going for a walk outside, going for a run, practicing yoga, or simply taking several deep breaths.
Load up on vitamin C
A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is found naturally in foods like papaya, lychees, goji berries, kiwi fruit, capsicum (aka bell peppers), lemons, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, pineapple, and Brussels sprouts to name a few. However, rosehip tea is one of the best sources of vitamin C available. If you don’t feel like you’re getting enough vitamin C from your diet, a good quality supplement may help. Just make sure to use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients.
Embrace bee products
Raw honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis are all wonderful immune-boosting superfoods.
Take olive leaf extract
This stuff is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.
Use natural antibiotics
Examples include colloidal silver, oil of oregano (I add this to my coconut oil when oil pulling), and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body.
Immune supporting tea
If a sore and scratchy throat is telling you that you need to take care of yourself, head to the kitchen and make yourself a warm drink with lemon juice, raw honey and a little ginger.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
If you’re feeling buggered, if you’ve got a headache, if you’ve got a sore throat; your body is trying to tell you something. Respond with respect by giving it some rest, or loading up on immune-boosting natural prescriptions (you’ll find them above). Popping a pain killer or cold and flu tablets will only suppress the symptom, which then suppresses the immune system, and causes the problem to resurface even worse later on.
Stop a cold in its tracks with hydrogen peroxide
It sounds too simple to be true, but I’m telling you that this works. If you feel a cold coming on, do this:
Add a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to your ear. You will hear some bubbling going on. Wait about five to 10 minutes before flipping over and doing the opposite ear.
We were buying 3 percent hydrogen peroxide already made up from our local pharmacy, but recently we’ve started buying 35 percent and making up 3 percent ourselves. Someone told me that the stuff that’s already made up may contain stabilisers, so we thought it would be safest to make it up ourselves from now on.
Do you have any other tips for boosting our immune systems?
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