Eat Your Way to a Healthy and Strong Immune System

Is it just me or has EVERYONE got some sort of flu like symptom at the moment?
Coming from someone who is rarely ever ill, I have spent the past few days asking question after question wondering what it is that my body is going through. I don’t feel sick. My glands aren’t inflamed. But I had one day where my kidneys, pelvis and legs felt like they had been beaten by a cricket bat, and then the following three days my throat has been rather strange and if I laugh I then can’t stop coughing. OK… way too much information to share, I know. But I do have some lovely gems to share with you as we go through this change of seasons.

Personally I like to question everything that my body goes through, and always nurture any symptoms that I may be experiencing, as opposed to freak out and try and stop it.
Whether my symptoms are signs of an energetic shift in my frequency; or an emotional release of letting go of past grievances; or me being empathic to a dear friend of mine going through a devastating event; or just a plain old virus; I have pulled out every trick in the book to zap this thing in the butt, as nothing bores me more than not having the energy to live my life.
So if you’re feeling a little flu-ey like me and would like to improve your immune system to strengthen your body and mind for a happier and healthier you, join me this month with the following diet and lifestyle additions. A wonderful immune booster ritual!

Increase your consumption of the following nutrients that are essential for a strong immune system (being sensible to keep in mind that consuming an excess of certain minerals can be toxic. If in doubt ALWAYS consult a natural therapist.)

Zinc helps to increase white blood cell formation; and may inhibit bacterial and viral growth and replication. Sources of zinc include eggs, pumpkin seeds, red meat, seafood (especially oysters), pecans, brazil nuts and wholegrains.
Iron is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Sources of iron include red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, black strap molasses, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.
Selenium greatly enhances the function of the immune system by allowing it to respond more effectively, enhancing the production and effectiveness of white blood cells, and to protect them from the free radicals that are generated during their fight against infection. Sources of selenium are fish and shellfish, brazil nuts, organ meats, wholegrains and cereals.
Being an advocate for vegan-ism, chewing my way through organ meats, fish, shellfish and eggs just wasn’t going to happen. Just so turns out that pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts and green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, parsley) are perfect for the job.

Next up is to bring in the big guns:
Olive leaf extract. Most definitely my favorite herbal supplement for improving the immune system. Laboratory studies show that olive leaf extract interferes with a viral infection becoming established and/or spreading, either by rendering viruses incapable of infecting cells or by preventing them from reproducing. Pretty impressive huh!
Garlic and Ginger. Garlic is a potent immune system stimulant and natural antibiotic. Ginger helps to fight inflammation and stimulate circulation.
Of course there are many other options out there but these are my top favorites.

So here’s the ritual …
Start the day with a smoothie made from:

the water and flesh of a young coconut; handful of kale; handful of spinach; half an avocado; parsley; coriander; cinnamon
Take Olive Leaf Extract before meals. (5mL, 3 times a day, or as professionally recommended)
Morning and afternoon snacks: pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts
Afternoon and evening warm drink: hot water with fresh ginger and garlic.
An evening bath in warm water scented with essential oils to help relax yet also uplift the senses. Be Genki Serenity Bath and Shower Oil is ideal. Scented with 100% pure essential oils of Neroli, Rose Otto, Rosewood, Palmarosa and Bergamot, renowned for their calming properties. Neroli is regarded as one of the most effective sedative and antidepressant remedies, whilst Rosewood, Palmarosa and Bergamot are renowned for their calming effects, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress, whilst also having uplifting and enlivening properties.

Make healthy choices for all your other meals and ensure that you’re drinking an adequate amount of water.
Best wishes for a healthier and stronger you.

Erika Heynatz shares her experience with the Pranamat via an interview on the Messenger. Here’s a brief snippet… (to read full story click on image) “what do I notice after a month of the Pranamat? Well I feel incredibly clear-headed and uncharacteristically calm of a busy brained, multitasking Arian maniac. I literally can’t lie on this thing and write mental lists. My meditation is deep and uninterrupted. It stimulates my lymphatic system – the circulation of my skin on my stomach, hips and thighs flushes itself of fluid (and supposedly toxins) and feels super firm for hours after the treatment. The usual PMT symptoms are aided enormously. I can see this will have an impact on the metabolism over time.”

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2 responses to “Eat Your Way to a Healthy and Strong Immune System

  1. Another great post Sam!

    Be Well soon!!

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