Being sick sucks, that’s not even a joke. Whilst our Egyptian winter isn’t so cold, it’s still far off from Summer temperatures meaning people get sick! Winter elsewhere, in England or Canada, can be sub-zero. Let’s take a look at some natural ways to boost your immunity, allowing your body to better fight off colds and reduce the times you get sick.
USE THE POWER OF THE SUN
Did you know “immune cells” are positively affected by Vitamin D, the so-called sun vitamin! So if you live in a sunnier country aim to spend some time in sunlight every day and if not, maybe it’s time to book a holiday.
GINGER, LEMON, HONEY
Yes, we have heard it all before, ginger, lemon, and honey for a cold. But it really does work. This triad has wonderful antimicrobial properties, harnessing the natural powers of these ingredients can help to alleviate symptoms of a cold. Sore throat, painful sinuses, sneezing, headache, and cough. Add a piece of ginger, one small spoon of honey, juice of half a lemon and, if you like, a black tea bag to hot water.
WORKOUT AND SWEAT MORE
Regular exercise can improve our antibody response to infection within the body and improve general health. At least 3 workouts a week will dramatically improve your fitness level and the strength of your body – both inside and out. The trick is to ensure you are not stressing your body out by exercising too much or too hard too often. Find your sweet spot.
You may have realized by now that anything CECFIT includes a regular occurrence of green super smoothies. This is not just for fun, I very much see and feel their benefits. The daily high dose of greens (spinach/kale) does wonders for your vitamin and mineral intake and digestion. If you can, add some extras such as spirulina, ginger, super greens, maca, chia seeds.. whatever you like.
GET YOUR SLEEP
Lack of sleep has been linked to the decreased activity of a certain type of cell of the immune system, T Cells. It has been said and done about getting 8 hours of sleep a night but few realize how much this can improve your lifestyle. Sleeping 7 to 9 hours a night is perfect.
DRINK YOUR HERBS
There are a few well-known herbs that can create immune boosting teas. Some good ones to get your hands on are echinacea and ginseng, both known for their natural immune support benefits. Add these to hot water, drink up!