I’m sharing some information that I received from The Juice Lady about ways that we can keep our immune systems strong. We don’t have control over everything ever, but we do have control over what we put in our bodies and how we care for ourselves to keep ourselves as healthy as possible. Here is an overview of her tips for a healthy immune system:
A strong immune system can help any infection not be as serious of a threat. Beyond hand washing, we should focus on strengthening our immune system.
1. Eat raw garlic every day. Raw garlic has anti-viral properties. I can benefit your immune system. Garlic juice shots are great, or chopping it up an swallowing it like a vitamin, can work too!
2. Ginger — turmeric shots are great. Juice 1 oz of ginger and 1 oz turmeric and mix with an ounce of lemon juice. This shot is a shot of health.
3. Don’t eat sugar. Sugar decreases your body’s ability to absorb important vitamins and minerals. It beats out vitamin C and leaves immune cells weakened. As alcohol turns to sugar quickly, it should be reduced or eliminated, as well.
4. Increase your vitamin C. You can find your ideal amount of vitamin C by taking to bowel tolerance (loose stool) and then cutting back 500 mg. To make your vitamin C more absorbable, make sure to find one with flavanoids.
5. Wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass is great for your immune system. If you can’t juice wheatgrass, get SweetWheat or Watercress.
6. Zinc. If the immune system can’t stop a virus from replicating, it goes into overdrive and ramps up inflammation, especially in the lungs. This is what causes viral pneumonia. One of the fierce reactions with Covid-19 is an over-reactive immune response causing severe respiratory infection. A study from Ohio State University shows that zinc “helps control infections by gently tapping the brakes on the immune response in a way that prevents out-of-control inflammation that can be damaging and even deadly.”1 One of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is diminished taste and smell. One of the symptoms for some people with Covid-19 is the loss of taste and smell. I have found no studies or information looking at this correlation, but I do find it interesting.
7. Quercetin. Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which might help reduce inflammation.
8. Homemade chicken soup has a mild anti-inflammatory effect according to a University of Nebraska Medical Center study.
9. Exercise. It can flush bacteria out of your lungs, reducing your chance of picking up an airborne illness.
10. Go get some sun. Vitamin D is an important vitamin for our immune systems.
11. Tap your thymus gland each and every day. This is where your immune system T cells mature. It is located in the upper anterior (front) part of your chest directly behind your sternum and between your lungs. This helps to stimulate the gland.
12. Sleep like your health depended on it. It truly does. Good sleep is a building block of a healthy immune system.
13. Fear Not. Fear and anxiety can actually weaken your immune system. So be thoughtful about your actions and control what you can, but don’t let fear get the best of you.
Information in the article is based on a newsletter from The Juice Lady and is information to be researched by the reader when making their own health decisions. Casssandra Orjala of Radiant Health has been practicing holistic health, nutrition and colonics for over 30 years.