Dr. Avi Nov
How do we get our immune system to work perfectly? In this article you will find an outline of my 14 methods that I use every single day to naturally boost my immune system. A strong immune system will successfully eliminate all viruses including the Covid-19.
Here is my list:
1. Eat colorful vegetables every day, and fruits that contain vitamin C like kiwifruit, Red bell peppers, Green peppers, Strawberries, Papaya, Spinach and broccoli. Each color in vegetables and fruits indicates specific phytonutrients, which are natural chemicals that help protect plants from germs, bugs, the sun’s harmful rays. You will not be surprised if I tell you, that these phytonutrients will protect you as well.
2. Eat every day fermented food such as Yogurt, Cheese, Tempeh, Miso, Kimchi, Dosa, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Amazaki, Vinegar, Kefir, and Kombucha. In another article, I explained that fermented food are good for us because of the great amount of probiotics that are in them that can improve immune system as well as digestive function, heart health and more. Read more here: Fermentation and Yoga.
3. Eat sprouted seeds, which can easily be grown on your shelf, every day. I personally love to sprout mung beans, lentils, radish, alfalfa, broccoli and mustard seeds. Sprouts contain an impressive list of vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. They also contain several minerals, including manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium as well as protein. There are a number of aspects that make sprouts a powerful booster for our immune system. Its vitamin-C content alone makes it a powerful stimulant for the white blood cells in the body to fight off viruses. Furthermore, as a sprout continues to develop, vitamin A can multiply almost ten times its original content. Vitamin A has a number of anti-inflammatory properties that enhance immune system strength and function.
4. One of the important ways in my view to boost our immune system is to eat only raw plant-based food. In my experience, a raw plant-based diet can prevent and cure all diseases. My recommendation is to eat every day raw rainbow vegetable and fruits, fermented food and raw sprouts. Read my article on Raw Food and Yoga.
5. Instead of drinking coffee, which damages your immune system, drink Chaga every day, the ultimate bodyguard. In addition, you can mix in your Chaga drink Reishi, Lion's Mane and Cordyceps which are all great for the immune system. Chaga is full of antioxidants.
6. Drink my 2 special blends of herbal teas. Certain antiviral herbs inhibit the development of viruses. Many of the antiviral herbs boost the immune system, which allows the body to attack viral pathogens. I use in my blends only the top Antiviral Herbs:
The first blend consists the following herbs: Elderberry, Echinacea, and Licorice root. A few notes on these herbs: Elderberry fights infections including influenza, herpes, viral infections and bacterial infections. Echinacea is beneficial for immune support and overall health. There is considerable evidence suggesting that phytochemicals in Echinacea have the capacity to reduce virus infections and tumors. Licorice root is known for its immune stimulating effects and the prevention for many diseases. The Chinese Journal of Virology published a review that confirms the antiviral activity of licorice root due to its triterpenoid content.
The second blend consists the following plants: A slice of Ginger, A slice of Turmeric, A slice of lemon, 3 Goji berries
7. Make a daily cold-press juice with dark leafy greens, cucumber, ginger, lemon and celery. Since there is not heat involved during a cold-press process, the result is a liquid that contains all the natural vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and even the rich flavors of the fresh produce. It is a quick and efficient way to get all the nutrients and vitamins into your body. Cold-pressed juices that are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A (ie. Carrots, & spinach) and vitamin C (ie. broccoli and lemons) are especially great for boosting your immune system to defend from viruses.
8. Meditate daily to reduce stress. I strongly recommend practicing mindfulness. It is well established that stress weakens the immune system, so find time to destress daily. If seated meditation alone isn't working for you, try something else, like walking outside mindfully. Read more on this in my recent article: Mindfulness and Yoga.
9. Practice Yoga every single day, and try to have some practice on the beach or anywhere outside. Yoga practice provides a gentle, natural means of supporting the immune system on a day-to-day basis. Yoga helps lower stress hormones that weaken the immune system, while also conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bringing oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function. New research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine suggests that yoga can be helpful way to boost your immune system and decrease inflammation in the body (ref: Yoga and immune system functioning: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. J Behav Med. 2018 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-9914-y). See also my article: Balancing and Yoga.
10. Expose your skin to sunlight. Go to the beach and park every single day and sit there quietly enjoying the sun. If possible, take off your cloths. Spend as much as you can in nature. I highly recommend being in a forest, but it can be also your favorite park or the seaside that does the magic. Walk barefoot as much as possible. To understand this recommendation, read: Barefoot and Yoga.
11. Moderate to high intensity sport exercises stimulates the immune system by improving blood circulation, which enhances the circulation of various immune system substances in the body. The more physically fit and active you are, the less likely you are to suffer colds in the winter months. That's the conclusion of a research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The researchers studied about 1000 adults and found those who exercised the most were least likely to suffer from colds in the winter months. You need to make sure that your sport routine includes aerobic fitness (cardio), strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility combined with stretching.
12. I recommend using essential oils on a daily basis as they have a powerful effects on our body. There is a growing number of clinical studies that demonstrate the benefits of Essential Oils such as increasing oxygen application by red blood cells, improving the ability of our immune system to fight diseases, aiding in the balancing of the endocrine system and hormone production, promoting tissue renewal, maintaining appropriate appetite, calming the autonomic nervous system, and easing pain and anxiety. Just to give an idea of the daily use, I start my day with a sesame oil massage, and go to sleep while inhaling lavender oil from my diffuser. Read more on this here: Essentials Oils and Yoga.
13. Sleep at least 8 hours a night with your window open to get fresh air. Sleep is one of the most important things for a good functioning immune system. I suggest also to close your mobile phone and tuck yourself to sleep at a reasonable hour.
14. My last recommendation is to slow down! Start to do everything more slowly. I would recommend to start by eating slowly. The next step is to practice being present, content and patient, in everything you do. If you follow my recommendation of slowing down, you will see that you gain better focus and efficiency, reduced stress and more time for yourself. These effects will naturally boost your immune system.
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