We’re getting towards cold weather, and with this tends to come sniffles, colds and a higher incidence of respiratory infections. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and there is so much you can do to boost your immunity. I have dedicated a whole chapter to the immune system in my book The Whole Body Solution, which you can buy here.
This blog is the first part of a 3 part series to help you support the 50 billion white blood cells that are working hard for you every day.
Have a daily shot of wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass juice is the preferred all-round booster of the Hippocrates Health Institute, where guests can enjoy it twice daily. Hippocrates has a whole host of different programs available to guests. Find out more about these fabulous programs via their comprehensive website here.
Wheatgrass is one of the most direct and concentrated forms of the sun’s energy. When wheatgrass is made into juice, it is the optimum energiser. Nutritionally, 1 ½ ounces of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to 2 ½ lbs of fresh vegetables and contains 103 vitamins and minerals, and thousands of phytonutrients. The juice made from wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll and is very high in vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. It cleanses, purifies and feeds the body by oxygenating the white blood cells, which in turn boosts the immune system. It is also beneficial for people who wish to lose weight or cleanse their bodies.
Protect your gut. 60-70% of your immunity actually comes from your gut probiotics – friendly micro-organisms which keep levels of the “bad guys” (harmful bacteria) under control and protect you in so many ways. If you’ve had a course of antibiotics, which sadly are indiscriminate in their action, have leaky gut or any form of bowel disorder, probiotics are highly recommended. Avoid dairy drinks that contain probiotics though, whether or not, as the adverts say, they are “proven to reach the gut alive”, since they are, well, a dairy product, and you already know what I think about consuming the mammary secretions of the wrong species of mammal past weaning age. if you need more information on why dairy products are less that ideal, please read my book Love Your Bones, which you can buy here.
Keep stress levels low. I know, I know – easier said than done, but it’s still possible. Cortisol, your main stress hormone, is harmful to the immune system and “cortisol spikes”, caused by stress, suppresses immunity for 6 hours – not ideal. In addition, eating too close to bedtime (as well as being associated with weight gain), particularly if that meal contains processed carbohydrates, increases your cortisol levels which in turn interrupts your sleeping patterns. This is directly detrimental to the immune response.
Look out for next month’s blog for more tips on how to improve your immune function as we approach the winter season.