There are always a slew of nasty germs and viruses in our environment, but we have a powerful internal defense system called the immune system. When potentially harmful bacteria or viruses infect us, special cells in our bodies send a warning signal to the rest of our system, instructing it to take care of the problem and prevent the illness from spreading. As a result, the immune system functions as a network and protects us admirably. As a result, we should take better care of it and ourselves as a result.
We want to be well prepared for the cold season, so we’ve put together this list to ensure that we all stay well this winter. Don’t miss the extra tip at the end of the post, which includes an unexpected alternate proposal.
Garlic and honey
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes abound in honey. It also functions as an antioxidant, scavenging free radicals.
Garlic includes chemicals that increase the ability of white blood cells to fight infections. Crushing garlic rather than chopping it is vital because the primary component, alliin, transforms into its active form during the crushing process.
- 1 cup of raw honey
- 8-10 cloves of garlic
Fill the glass jar halfway with honey and add the garlic. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 3-5 days before refrigerating it. After that, it’s ready to use. Once a day, take a spoonful of honey with a piece of garlic.
Turmeric and ginger tea
Turmeric’s main ingredients, curcuminoids, have numerous health advantages, including antiviral capabilities — and immune-boosting properties are just one of them.
Ginger has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that aid in immune system support.
- 3 cups of hot water
- 1 cm turmeric root, peeled and grated or 2 tsp of powdered turmeric
- 1 cm of a piece of ginger, peeled and grated
Bring water to a boil, then add the turmeric and ginger. Allow for 5-10 minutes of resting time. To taste, add honey or lemon.
Lemons are particularly strong in Vitamin C, making them a fantastic immune system booster.
- 1 cup of warm water
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water and drink. Because vitamin C is easily degraded, it’s best to make the lemon drink right before serving.
Ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper shot
As previously stated, ginger is a highly efficient antibacterial and antiviral agent, and lemon is high in Vitamin C.
Cayenne pepper is high in Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants, all of which assist your body fight bacteria. Cayenne pepper is a hot pepper that activates your immune system by raising your body temperature.
- 2 cm of a piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a glass and drink. A spoonful of honey and a little piece of crushed garlic can also be added.
Echinacea, honey, ginger, and licorice syrup
Licorice and echinacea roots can also be combined with honey and ginger.
Echinacea is known as a superherb because the entire plant has a powerful immune-boosting impact.
Licorice isn’t just a sweet; it’s a root that’s packed with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. As a result, it’s an excellent immune-regulator. It is not recommended to use it on a regular basis; instead, use it for 4 to 6 weeks.
- 4 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of licorice root, peeled and grated
- 1/2 cup of echinacea root, peeled and grated
- 1 cup of honey
- 2 tbsp or 5 cm of a piece of ginger
Bring water to a boil, then add the echinacea, licorice, and ginger and cook for 45 minutes. Allow to cool before adding honey.
Mushroom extract has been utilised in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and offers several health advantages. Mushrooms are thought to be a one-of-a-kind immunity-boosting food because they hinder immune cells from adhering to blood vessel walls. Shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, and tremella mushrooms are among the mushrooms having powerful immune-boosting properties. Each variety of mushroom has a unique ability to help the immune system, and combining some of the extracts will provide the most benefit.
This juice is not only high in vitamins and beneficial to the immune system, but it also tastes delicious!
Spinach is known as a superfood because it is packed with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, as well as beta-carotene and antioxidants, which assist our systems fight infection and viruses.
Vitamin C is abundant in oranges, making them ideal for battling the flu or a cold.
Celery is also abundant in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which aid in the active and efficient functioning of the immune system.
Ginger’s antibacterial and antiviral effects are well-known.
- 2 cups of spinach
- 2 oranges
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
Combine all ingredients in a juicer and drink.
Echinacea is a popular immune-boosting herb. There are many other types of echinacea, but only three have been proven to have immune-boosting properties: Echinacea Angustifolia, Echinacea Pallida, and Echinacea Purpurea. So, if you’re going to prepare the tincture, be sure to pick the proper one.
- dry echinacea
Half-fill a glass jar with dry herbs and pour in vodka until the jar is nearly full, leaving a little room for the herbs to swell. Close it tightly and let it at room temperature for 4-6 weeks, stirring it every few days. Strain the plant after 4-6 weeks and keep the tincture in an amber bottle. Take half a teaspoon 3 to 4 times day at the first sign of a cold.
Andrographis is a herb that has been used as a cold treatment and preventative supplement in Indian and Chinese natural medicine for ages. Capsules and pills are available. It can be given in low to moderate doses as a prophylactic measure.
Bonus: Picking your nose
That’s right, you read that accurately. A Canadian expert proposed a few years ago that eating boogers would be beneficial to your immune system because you’re just reintroducing a tiny number of bacteria into your own body, making it essentially a free immunization.
When you’ve stopped giggling, we should definitely clarify that the professor later stated that there is no legitimate study on the snot-eating treatment and that he only wanted his pupils to think about it and participate in the discussion. He advised, “Get the learner to think rather than just sit there collecting notes.” He surely piqued our interest!
There are a plethora of ways to give your immune system a boost, and we’ve probably only touched on a fraction of them. Was the information helpful to you? Tell us in the comments and tell your friends and family about the article.