10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
Looking to boost your immune system naturally should be a focus for everyone.
There was a great documentary on SBS this week called Allergy Planet which you can watch on demand.
In Britain & America, cases of asthma, eczema and hay fever have trebled in the last few decades and food allergies have increased by over 500%. People have become allergic to everything from penicillin, rice, dust, pollen to seafood and nuts.
Before the 2nd World War, allergies barely registered but today, our bodies are reacting to everyday substances that should do no harm.
1 in 3 kids in Britain have an allergy vs 1 in 1500 in traditional communities such as the San and Hadza in Africa who live a hunter gatherer lifestyle.
Allergy Planet ponders whether getting down and dirty and literally covered in naturally occurring environmental bacteria is exactly what can help prevent the development of allergies. The wider variety of bacteria we have present in our bodies, the better. Those found to have very few strains of bacteria, generally had high levels of harmful bacteria and were prone to severe allergies.
With this in mind, here are 10 ways to boost your immune system naturally-
- Get Dirty – Go outside, play with your kids, climb a tree, go for a surf, have a picnic. Get yourself exposed to the bacteria that live harmlessly all around us in the dirt, trees, air and water.
- Play With a Dog – It’s been shown that families with dogs have much lower susceptibility to developing allergies. Give them a big hug and don’t be afraid of wet doggy kisses.
- Choose Organic Produce – Organic, locally sourced veggies still with a bit of dirt on them are going to do you a world of good. A bit of dirt is not going to hurt you, think of it as repopulating your gut bacteria colonies. Veggies are full of fibre that will nourish your gut colonies as well.
- Avoid Processed Food – Just eat real food. There is more bacteria on it to feed and cultivate your colonies. Processed food is generally quite sterile.
- Make Fermented Foods – Learn how to make Sauerkraut, Kimchi or Kefir like a pro. Here is a super easy recipe for you, just add kefir grains.
- Ditch the Antibacterial Soaps – Avoid like the plague anything with Triclosan in the ingredients listing. That crap kills anything good in your system and causes a whole lot of collateral damage.
- Say ‘No’ to Antibiotics – Don’t get us wrong, they have their place but instead of running to the doctors with a cold, give your body a chance to fight it naturally first. Keep your microbial balance on an even keel by steering clear of antibiotics as much as possible. Antibiotics indiscriminately take out everything in their path. Better yet, get yourself a doTerra Home Essentials Kit or at least a bottle of Oregano & OnGuard so you can look after yourself and your family using plant based medicine and prevent medical intervention.
- Take Probiotics – Doing so will keep your microbiome full of live, beneficial bacteria which will keep digestion, immunity and overall health in check. Look for probiotics that deliver 20-50 billion bacteria per dose and a multi spectrum of bacteria.
- Eat Prebiotics – Garlic, onion, asparagus and sweet potato have valuable resistant starch that feed your good bacteria and allow them to multiply. Low Carb does not mean ‘no carb’. Your body still needs some of those carbs. Listen to this fantastic podcast by Chris Kresser with Jeff Leech as they talk all about this topic.
- Open Your Windows – It’s estimated that we spend on average 80% of our day indoors. What the heck? Yep that’s the truth unless you are a personal trainer or outdoor educator unfortunately. Sleep with your window open, if you can open a window in your office do it, drive with your car window open unless you are surrounded by freeway pollution.
If you are curious about what colonies are growing in you or perhaps you are an allergy sufferer, why not have your gut micro-biome sequenced by The American Gut Research Project! It’s a great way to learn more about what’s happening inside your body and how to go about repopulating your colonies. You can even have your dog or cats micro-biome sequenced.