Holistic Health & the Importance of an Organic Diet During the Time of Corona
10 Tips to Boost the Immune System & An Organic Diet:
Are you asking yourself how to improve your immune system or how to strengthen immune System? Most viral infections can be traced back to stress, over-extending yourself and not getting enough sleep. Looking after your mind and body and boosting your immune system is vital in order to prevent a secondary infection such as pneumonia due to a weakened immune system. Sure-fire ways to zap your Immunity are through sleep deprivation, stress, dehydration, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol, excessive sugar and exposure to virulent germs – so keep washing your hands! Carry on reading to discover our Immune System Booster recommendations.
At Organics.com we believe health is wealth and a focus on prevention is paramount. We wanted to share our ways of boosting the immune system while maintaining good nutrition in the form of a varied organic diet.
Foods to Boost Immune System:
are a variety of organic colourful produce and leafy greens, healthy fats, vitamin C, pungent aromatics such as garlic and ginger, medicinal mushrooms, fermented foods and fluids.
1. Look After Your Digestive System with Organic Food:
Natural healing by eating organic food and a balanced diet cannot be overestimated. Organic foods mean a healthier lifestyle without the toxins, chemicals and artificial colourants and preservatives in other foods. The benefits include reducing your toxic load, providing more nutrients for your body, helping your environment and improving your overall wellbeing. Organic farming uses less energy and produces less waste than other farming methods, which means that organic farming is kinder to the environment too.
Immune System Booster Drinks:
2. Start Your Day with An Organic fruit Smoothie:
Our go-to immune system booster smoothie recipe is a banana, a cup of almond milk, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of turmeric and spirulina, a handful of blueberries, a square of ginger and a teaspoon of
organic coconut oil. If you have a nut allergy simply replace the almond milk with coconut water or water… Cinnamon is blood sugar balancing and antiviral, turmeric is anti-inflammatory as is ginger (and antiviral) and the blueberries are full of Vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants. The organic cold-pressed coconut oil will help you stay fuller for longer and facilitates the absorption of the turmeric by the liver.
Recipe for Immune System Booster
3. Home Cook Organic Healthy Meals & Soups:
Staying at home and cooking your food from scratch is the best way to know precisely what you are putting into your body – making nutritious flavourful soups are a wonderful way to support the immune system and stay well hydrated.
Try this Organic Asian Immune Boosting Chicken Soup Recipe or replace the chicken with tofu or sweet potato if you are veggie or vegan:
In a large casserole dish melt, a tablespoon of organic coconut oil then brown 4 x
organic chicken thighs, add 3 – 6 chopped garlic cloves, chopped onion or spring onion if you prefer and chopped up ginger (at least 5 cm). Turn and brown the chicken then add stock (chicken or veggie stock – the equivalent of 6 cups) leave to simmer for 25 minutes during which time you add 4 tablespoons of The Coconut Company Amino Multi-Purpose Sauce, and 3 tablespoons of their Teriyaki Sauce and add lemongrass and sesame seeds if you have them in the pantry. After twenty minutes add chopped chillies to taste and chopped courgettes (1 large courgette), broccoli (1/2 a broccoli) and noodles (enough for 4 people). Simmer for another 5 mins. Garnish with plenty of fresh coriander, mint and spring onion and serve with fresh lime!
Immune System Supplements – Vitamins:
If you don’t have access to a variety of fresh, healthy, organic ingredients consider supplementing with Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, quercetin and a probiotic – if you are pregnant or considering supplementation in the long term make sure you always consult your doctor and a qualified nutritionist first.
5. Stay Hydrated & Get Adequate Rest:
The human body is amazingly intricate and interconnected and your immune system is no exception. Your immune cells can be found throughout the body (including your skin, blood, bone marrow & intestines). Your digestive system, nasal passages and skin serve as your front line of defence and the vitality of these areas e.g. good mucus production and lubrication and plenty of stomach acid should block or kill invaders before they can do damage. You are born with the innate immune system which has a reliable, non-specific response including stomach acid, fever response, mucus, beneficial bacteria and certain types of immune cells. Rest as much as possible, stay hydrated – let your immune system do its job when you start to feel the first signs of illness. Drink plenty of warm drinks and herbal teas – our favourite organic teas are by Moos Broos. Aim for at least 3 cups of herbal tea a day and a minimum of 2 litres of fluid intake every 24 hrs.
6. The Importance of Sleep:
There are so many things we can do to stay healthy but prioritise your sleep as much as you can. Solid sleep will help you and your immune system thrive. Sleep hygiene can really help you get a good night sleep so keep your bedroom cool, well ventilated and try winding down before bed with a bath, lighting a candle of using an ambient room spray. We are big fans of Made By Coopers and Hoof & Paw for atmospheric room sprays and candles that contain no nasty chemicals.
7. Prioritise Holistic Health:
Prioritise holistic health by educating yourself and making a solid plan for yourself and your family. This will help you minimise any anxiety you might be experiencing during this viral pandemic.
Remember to do things that help you feel grounded as you go about your day – relax, practice deep breathing, exercise in the safety of your home or go outside in the sunlight if you can do so safely.
8. Reduce your sugar intake:
A high sugar diet including refined carbohydrates can be extremely damaging to our immune system. High sugar diets also increase intestinal wall permeability and feed the wrong microbes in our gut and worsen low-grade inflammation. If you have a sweet tooth try adding cinnamon to your diet to balance blood sugar and curb sweet cravings – 1 teaspoon a day with porridge, in smoothies or simply in water will really help. Alternatively, look for sugar-free foods such as those by Heart who do a good range of these products here.
9. Prevention is key:
It’s not all just about Immune System Booster. Prevention is what it is all about and all around the globe people are limiting their exposure to potential infection of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing. This means avoiding social contact out of the home as much as possible. Avoid groups, avoid gatherings and shop efficiently online where possible. Disinfect hands with 70% alcohol solution or wash with running warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds; we recommend plenty of chemical-free soaps that create luxurious lathers – our favourites are by No Ordinary and EcoSoapia. Do not touch your face or eat without having washed your face first.
10. Stay positive:
During times of uncertainty we can bring out the best in each other, human beings are innovative and good at adapting. It is important to look at the positive effects this pandemic is having on the environment by people having to slow down and reduce their carbon footprint. We wanted to leave you with these beautiful words, to motivate you to start with your Immune System Booster habits, by Kitty O-Meara and assure you that all will be well, this too shall pass.
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.”
“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.”
“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed”.
– Kitty O-Meara