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Ways to give your immune system a boost

Posted Oct 30 2011 11:33pm
Home Health Ways to give your immune system a boost

8 comments Oct 27/11 Health, Healthy Eating


 [Important: Please consult with your physician before taking any supplements recommended here.]

Having lupus, my immune system tends to be on the weaker side.  I could probably get sick just from watching a commercial for cold medication on television!

A month or so ago, Michael commented on the fact that I haven’t been sick in quite awhile, and I realized that he was right.

Even when I had gotten sick, I recovered pretty quickly.  It used to take days- sometimes even weeks- for me to get better.



Needless to say, the fact that my immune system is stronger these days is a big deal for me, and I’m 100% certain that it stems from my healthy lifestyle.

With cold season in full swing, I thought that I’d share some ways to keep your immune system strong!

  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and seafood.  These foods are high in nutrients that keep your immune system healthy.
  • Try to consume brightly colored produce.  These foods are higher in antioxidants that support the immune system.
  • Take probiotics or digestive enzymes supplements.  You can also get your probiotics through foods, such as yogurt, coconut water, soy milk, and raw sauerkraut.
  • Make sure that your multivitamin contains the daily recommended dosages of vitamins A (which strengthens our immune defenses) and vitamin C (which helps our immune system go on the attack).
  • Consume prebiotics.  Prebiotics increase the immune-boosting bacteria in our bodies.  You can also get this benefit through spinach, kale, onions, garlic, oatmeal, and barley.
  • Limit your consumption of processed foods.  Replace them with fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. 
  • Eat apples, tea, onions and kale.  These contain flavonoids, which help us fight germs.
  • Drink fresh juice and green smoothies daily.  Juice and smoothies are amazing for infusing our bodies with lots of wonderful vitamins and minerals.  I’m absolutely convinced that both have made a huge impact on my health.

What are your tips for staying healthy?  Please share!

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  1. Great! Thanks for sharing your tips, I’m not doing a few of them as well as I should. But even if you don’t have any chronic health problems, doing this definitely helps fight the seasonal stuff! Hope you continue to feel well!

  2. Hi! Nice posting, as always. :)

    I eat lots of mandarin oranges and apples … also, I generally love to eat peppers (red and yellow and orange), so I try to be on the safe side.

    For salads, I use lemon juice instead of vinegar (I think it tastes better and you it is not so hard to find the PERFECT balance between (olive) oil and the sour).

    And lemon + hot water + sugar works always for me. :-)

    • thegrassskirt

      Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend! :)

  3. Thanks for the reminder to stay well by eating healthy. Do not forget Vitamin D – less sun this time of year – helps the immunity too:) I invest in a giant tub of hand sanitizer from my local warehouse club as well as have Kleenex near by too – quick way to sanitize your hands if you are not near a sink with soap and hot water. I crave the greens and applesauce this time of year too. Have an Awesome Weekend – Happy Halloweeeeennnnn!!!

    • thegrassskirt

      You definitely cannot forget the vitamin D. Thanks for the reminder! :) Happy Halloween to you too!

  4. Great post!!! I just wrote “My guide to staying healthy” () and it’s funny because I just got a cold a few days after posting it LOL guess I tempted fate! Thanks for the great tips though! Have a happy and healthy winter season :)

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