Our immune system is a part of our body which is often overlooked and commonly taken for granted. We get busy, experience stress and often blame a sickness on some outside, rather than inside factor.
Our body is naturally designed and perfectly capable of defending itself against normal, everyday toxins that we encounter. However, once it becomes overloaded, it is less efficient and less able to fight invaders. This is simply, how we become sick. When weakened for a long period of time, diseases may manifest.
So we do not 'catch' a cold, a flu or a 'bug' of some sort. We manifest these acute's only if our internal environment is too toxic. Over toxicity in the body depletes immunity - we are then prone to become sick. The body uses a cold, flu or any other acute to spell extra toxicity out of the body as the body does not tolerate being toxic or acidic for a long period of time. Ideally, the body likes to be mainly alkaline: 80% alkaline and 20% acidic! Aware of this, it is important to support the immune system, especially over the transition of seasons, when there is a big rebalancing and readjusting of the body in preparation for the new season ahead (autumn to winter, for example).
Foods to enhance immunity:
Orange Foods: sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, pumpkins they contain the beta-carotenes to fight infection.
Dark Leafy Greens: kale, spinach, beet greens, mustard greens, lettuce, Swiss chard, cress - wonderful to fight off anything that threatens to compromise your immunity.
Shiitake Mushroom: it helps to treat colds and flu, poor circulation and exhaustion.
Ginger: it stimulates circulation and as well as garlic, lower cholesterol and prevent blood clotting
Chilies: warming & spicy! pepper fights bacteria and
Berries: berries are packed with antioxidants: antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Vitamin C: found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, parsley, leeks, apples, broccoli. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps massively to boost the immune system, especially when under stress as we loose a lot of vitamin C when under stress.
The Allium Family: onions, garlic, leeks, chives.
Herbs & Spices
Cinnamon: improves vigor, concentration, and mood!
Ginger: it's warming, improving circulation and digestion. It reduces the inflammatory process in your body and improves the absorption of anything you eat.
Echinacea: a herb which is very well known for its immune supporting magic! It helps to raise the body's resistance to infections. It is very effective in preventing colds & flu.
Turmeric: countless properties ;)
Thyme: to heal respiratory conditions
Add these foods to your diet abundantly throughout the Autumn and Winter Months.
Carolyne Ji x