With spring in full bloom and allergy season upon us, it’s easy for a cold or flu to slip in. During seasonal shifts, the uptick in allergies can cause our bodies to be more susceptible to illness. And while the actual temperature shifts don’t result in sickness, the change from one season to the next creates a change in air, for spring it’s more pollen, which makes some of us more vulnerable to catch a cold.
Here are 5 natural ways to boost your immune system, either before, during or after fighting a cold.
Orange juice / oranges
Orange juice boosts the immune system by increasing your vitamin C. Vitamin C helps our bodies make white blood cells and boosts white blood cell function. Drink a glass of fresh orange juice while you have a cold or when you feel a cold coming on.
Turmeric is a strong and natural anti-inflammatory compound which helps boost the immune system by fighting off infections. Growing up, we always had turmeric powder in our cabinet and whenever my siblings and I were feeling sick, my dad would always mix a teaspoon or so into a warm glass of milk for us. You can also add some of the powder into your smoothie for a quick boost! Here are a few other recipes to try.
Black or green tea
Amino acids found in both black and green tea (even decaf versions) boost the immune system by fighting off viruses. It’s recommended that we drink several cups per day. Black tea is more up my alley – I’ve never been able to get used to the taste of green tea!
Fresh ginger helps fight off virus-infected cells and helps clear congestion. Try to cook with ginger regularly throughout the year but especially during cold and flu season.
Life Support Recovery Shot
Life Support is a natural vitamin and amino acid recovery shot meant to give you a quick boost. This is the perfect cure to a hangover or when you just need some extra energy. Its main ingredient is the Japanese Raisin Tree Fruit which has been clinically proven to stop hangovers, increase energy and improve overall well-being.
What are some of your favorite and natural ways to boost your immune system?