How to boost your immune system January 24 2013

There are many ways in which to boost your immune system; from eating nourishing foods to taking herbs and supplements to getting enough sleep and more.Here in the northeast winter is upon us.  We spend little time outside and if we do we’re bundled up and barely receive any Vitamin D from the sun’s rays (and with the angle of the sun in the sky now, even if you exposed your skin you wouldn't absorb much Vitamin D now anyway). A few suggestions to boost your immune system so you can stay away from the cold/flu even if it’s right in front of you.
  1. Get enough sleep – if you can get 8-9 hours a night you’ll feel a difference
  • Get your Vitamin D tested (The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body.) Vitamin D helps to boost your immune system (it is an potent immune system modulator).      Standard medical models show that normal vitamin D is 30-80  but in my humble opinion, optimum vitamin D is between 60 – 80
  • Remove sugar from your diet. Do you know that when you eat sugar your immune system is depressed for up to 5 hours?  So what happens when you are exposed to bacteria and virus during this time?  When you choose something to eat remember that sugar is not just in cookies and candy.  Look for foods that are low glycemic and very nourishing.
  • Drink bone broths – bone broths are chicken or beef stock that is cooked for 24 hours creating an amazing nutritious alkaline broth.  (email me at bonnie@bonniesherbals.com  if you’d like a recipe)  Think about bone broth as super chicken soup.  If you thought chicken soup helped heal you when you had a cold/flu, bone broth is “super chicken soup”.
  • Drink chamomile tea.  Chamomile tea, in addition to relaxing and strengthening your digestive track builds your immune system.