Immune Boosters for Autumn and WinterBlog
These natural immune boosters can especially support the immune system during the autumn and winter months when they’re needed most.
Immune Boosters for Autumn and Winter
We can all get a little run down at this time of year and it’s simply because we have so much to do! Stress levels are high and everything seems to kick off during autumn. The dark nights draw in and we’re forced to think about the hectic months ahead.
In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with the element, metal and our lungs and digestive system are no different. It’s the driest season of the year and it’s a time when we generally gather energy inwards. We protect our vital organs and fight off viral respiratory conditions.
Here’s what you can do to keep your immune system strong during the bitterly cold weather.
Vitamins to Boost Immune System
The body’s first defence in preventing pathogens are the lungs. They govern the opening and closing of the pores. Supplementing the smooth flow of our defensive mechanisms, these vital organs need to be kept in tip top condition.
For immune system support, we recommend a wide range of nutritional support. Firstly, make sure you take Vitamin D.
A sudden reduction in exposure to the sun during the winter months can significantly affect the levels of this vitamin in your body. Adding a magnesium supplement will maximise the absorption of vitamin D3 and will encourage better blood circulation.
Cod liver oil is also high in Vitamin D – and while it may not taste nice it’ll do you the world of good. Plus, it now comes in softgels for those who think a spoon full of sugar still won’t help.
Immune Boosting Supplements
The Chinese herbs, Cordyceps, encourage better oxygenation levels in the lungs. They strengthen the immune system by affecting the white blood cells, T-helper cells – NK cells and macrophages, in particular. They work by safeguarding our immunity and fighting off flu and cold viruses – perfect!
Fellow herb, Astragalus, stimulates the immune system’s activity in a host of ways. It increases the number of stem cells in the marrow and lymph tissue, which stimulates their development into active immune cells.
You can get this as an immune boosting supplement, oil or herb. There’s plenty of options for immune system support.
Immune Boosting Foods
At this time of year – when it can be all too tempting to reach for the comfort food – your diet requires careful and considered planning. It’s vital to eat foods which are high in vitamin D, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, offal, mushrooms and egg yolks.
Eat plenty of seasonal vegetables – steamed vegetables and soups allow for much easier digestion and maximise the absorption of nutrients. Go for pungent vegetables, including watercress, cabbage, turnips, ginger, horseradish, peppers, onions and garlic, as well.
The right nutritional support for the lungs and digestive system will help stimulate the organs’ function when it comes to warming the body. What this does is encourage good blood circulation and prevent inflammatory digestive issues.
It is equally as important to be aware of foods to avoid, too. Sugary, starchy ingredients, as well as dairy products, all encourage inflammatory dampness. Instead, stock up on low glycemic fruits, such as lemons, limes, green apples, grapefruit and pears. Why? These have much lower sugar content than strawberries, for instance.
Oil and Hot Water
Finally, to really keep our immunity strong, include healthy oils like cod liver oil, olive or sesame oil in your diet on a regular basis. Herbal teas such burdock, comfrey, ginger and liquorice provide comfort and protection, too.
So, go on, give some of these immune boosters a go and see if you can feel better in just a few short weeks.