As we head into cold and flu season, many of us are looking for ways to prevent illness.
Because while being able to play hooky from work while tucked into a warm bed and binge watch three seasons of your favorite series on Netflix sounds awesome to some, however, feeling awful simply doesn’t!
Often, we head to our drugstore and look for immune boosters. Or some of us like heading to the herbalist if we are trying to use more natural plant-based remedies.
But for those of us with autoimmune disease (AD), immune-boosting substances may not actually be helpful to you. And, they could . . .
. . . exacerbate your already overactive immune system.
Generally speaking, there are many herbs which can have a profound effect on boosting your immune system. In the short term, herbs can help you avoid an acute illness or infection. This category of herbs is called “immuno-stimulators.” They work by temporarily increasing phagocytosis (one of the important immune system functions). One example would be Echinacea and elderberry – common immune boosting herbs.
And that’s all well and fine unless you have active, flared autoimmune symptoms.
So how can you stay healthy?
- Wash hands frequently. Warm water and regular soap are fine. Avoid soap that has “fragrance” written on the box.
- Keep your own immune system strong by avoiding processed foods, dairy, gluten, soy, and sugar. Those foods weaken your body and make it hard to fend off an illness, not to mention the damage they do to your leaky guy.
- Have enough healing protein. Bone broth from grass-fed + pastured animals is delicious and warm.
- Watch your alcohol intake. As we head into the “partying” season, being around a lot of people, with a lot of tempting food and a lot of alcohol can cause us to get run down and susceptible to illness.
- Limit your intake of coffee. It can be damaging to individuals with certain ADs. Need other ideas? How about warm Golden Milk mixed with Macadamia Milk. So delicious at bedtime and when you need to warm up and the turmeric is incredibly healing.
- Consider adding zinc to your supplement regime. Zinc is known to play a central role in the immune system, and zinc-deficient persons experience increased susceptibility to a variety of pathogens.
- And as always, remember to nurture yourself by continuing to walk, take up yoga and implement meditation. Some breathwork is even more important in these upcoming, stress-filled seasons!
And remember, wash hands. 🙂
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