Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to boost your immune system. Several studies have shown that when we are sleep deprived our T-cells become depleted. Our T-cells are what we need in order to fight off colds & flu. For many, sleep can be a challenge so some natural alternatives to help get a restful night sleep are a magnesium supplement, a lavender spray or mindful meditation.
According to Harvard University “regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living.” Exercise promotes good circulation, which aids the lymphatic system, where our immune cells circulate. It also helps to reduce the level of stress hormones. So, if there was ever a time to take up that 20 minutes of exercise a day, now is the time, just remember to social distance.
Feeding your body, the right foods will certainly help to keep your immune system strong. Some of the best immune boosting foods are:
1. Vitamin C (High sources are Kakadu Plums, Kiwi Fruits, Strawberries)
7. Probiotic Yoghurt
Growing up in a large family, it was imperative to always keep immunity strong. One of our favourite family recipes was this immune boosting chicken soup:
· 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
· 3 carrots, roughly chopped (leave skin on as it holds a lot of nutrients)
· 3 sticks of celery, trimmed and roughly chopped
· 2 cups of any vegetables roughly chopped (I use zucchini, cauliflower and pumpkin)
· 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
· 3cm piece of ginger, grated
· 1 Tbsp. Turmeric
· 4 fresh bay leaves
· a few sprigs of fresh lemon thyme
· the rind of one lemon
· 4 Cups of water, chicken stock or bone broth
· 1 cup of Risoni, cannellini beans or Brown rice (cooked as per packet instructions)
· 1 cup of broccoli
· 1 small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
· 1kg of chicken thighs on the bone
1. In a large soup pot heat a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the vegetables garlic and ginger for 10 minutes.
2. Then add the turmeric, bay leaves, lemon rind and thyme.
3. Add the water or stock, slowly bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer and place in the chicken thighs.
4. Cook over a very low heat for 45mins.
5. Add the broccoli and cook for another 5mins.
6. Remove the chicken from the stock and take it off the bone.
7. Add the chicken back into the soup with the cooked pasta, beans or brown rice.
8. Add the chopped parsley and serve.
GUMBI GUMBI – OUR SECRET ANTI VIRAL WONDER
Gumbi Gumbi is a native Australian shrub which has been used as an important medicine by Indigenous Australians in the treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It contains high levels of antioxidants and will boost the immune system. We use this ingredient in our Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm as our mouth and lips are often the epicentre of how bugs are transferred.