There are many ways to improve your immunity:

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Breathing fresh air
  • Getting moderate amounts of exercise
  • Getting adequate rest and sleep
  • Eating a healthy natural diet, free of processed foods and sugars.
  • Consuming adequate protein (protein is needed to build antibodies)
  • Consuming good quality oils (oils are very anti-inflammatory and are needed to absorb immune strengthening vitamins such as Vitamin A, D and E.)
  • Having regular bowel movements (the bowel houses 80% of your immune system; you need a healthy bowel to have healthy immunity. Stagnation also provides a breeding ground for pathogens.
  • Laughter
  • Positive thoughts
  • Feeling supported and cared for.
  • Relaxation techniques such as meditation.
  • Massage (speeds up lymphatic flow, great for preventing and treating colds but be warned massage can bring out a cold, making you initially feel worse but recovering much quicker.)
  • Good hygienic practices such as hand washing.

Ways to improve your immunity by suppressing immune function:

  • Sugar! Sugar is pathogens preferred fuel source. Consume sweets, soft drinks, etc. and you are feeding the bugs and switching off your immune system.
  • Consuming bad fats such as man-made oils (margarine, Trans fats etc) and deep fried fats and you are polluting your body and making your immune systems job harder.
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being constipated
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Drug and alcohol consumption
  • Under or over exercising
  • Jet lag
  • Antibiotic use

Ways to improve your immunity through health supplementation:

  • Probiotics
  • Anti-oxidants (Vitamin A, C, E, Zinc and selenium)
  • Vitamin D
  • Herbs (e.g. olive leaf, Echinacea etc)
  • Mushroom extracts (e.g. shiitake, reishi etc)
  • Garlic extract

Flu brew –  there are many similar varieties. Add what you like, remove what you don’t. If I’m at home I load up extra garlic but if I’m making a batch to take to work I leave the garlic out. Chili may be another ingredient you play with. Always check the potency before giving to children and dilute as needed. Caution if taking with a high fever.

Ingredients
1L water
5 slices of fresh ginger
1 sliced chili
3 cloves of garlic
Freshly squeezed lemon or lime
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon honey

Directions
Place water, ginger, chili, garlic and cinnamon into the saucepan.
Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain and add juice (lemon or lime) and honey to taste.
Drink hot.

Any remaining liquid can be added back to ingredients and placed in the fridge and drank later. Warning the longer you leave the ingredients together the more potent it gets. I highly recommend diluting this remaining batch with water.