If you’ve been a target of cold and flu season this year, you’re in good company. It’s typical for us to get at least one cold per year. But maybe you’ve been sick more often then you would like, and for that, we’ve got your back!
By now we know that, when we catch a cold or flu, it’s not because we walked outside with our hair wet; it’s simply because our immune system was “low.” So how exactly does our immune system get “low” and what can we do about it?
Our immune system is a complex system that situates 80% of itself in our guts. The health—or the “height”—of the immune system relies on the state of our microbiome: a community of bacteria, inclusive of their activity and communication. These bacteria are often referred to as “good” or “bad.” In order to have a fabulously working immune system, we want to ensure the good bacteria are greater in numbers than the bad.
Fermented foods, like tempeh, sauerkraut and miso, are a tremendous source of naturally occurring good bacteria. But, supplementation with a probiotic, like NU Life LGS Therapy Daily Probiotic will also help to keep your microbiome happy by providing 10 billion bacteria coming from 6 different strains!
There are other traditional holistic healing remedies that can help to keep your immune system in check, too!
Our moms weren’t kidding when they said that a warm drink of (unpasteurized) honey, lemon, and ginger could make you feeling better in a matter of minutes. Here is why this remedy is definitely an immune booster:
- Unpasteurized honey has naturally occurring bee pollen, which has been proven to have antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulating properties.* This means that honey will not only boost your immune system to help you ward off the infection, but it will also help to kill all the infectious microbes that made their way into your system.
- Lemons not only give your digestive system a kick, but they also help to fight off those bad bacteria with their astringent and antibacterial powers!
- To promote better detoxification of those nasty germs, ginger root will do the trick. On top of its immune boosting potential, ginger root also works deep in our body’s digestive tract providing anti-inflammatory support to heal the gut.
Cold and flu season doesn’t have to be your enemy. Come out on top this year with these simple strategies. And for long-lasting, enhanced benefits, continue this regime all-year round!
Immune Boosting Tonic
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
5’’ piece of ginger root, sliced
3 tablespoons raw honey
2 cups boiling water
Large mason jar
Add all ingredients to a large mason jar and let steep for 20-30 minutes before drinking.
* Resources: Komosinska-Vassev, K., Olczyk, P., Kaźmierczak, J., Mencner, L., & Olczyk, K. (2015). Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Application. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2015, 297425. http://doi.org/10.1155/2015/297425