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Immune For Life

If you want to have a healthy immune system, you need to laugh often, view life with a positive eye, and put yourself in a relaxed state of mind on a regular basis.

— Michael T. Murray, N.D.

Traditional Medicine looks at your health and well-being in a totally unique way. This isn’t to say it can’t be utilised in tandem with Western ideals, but Traditional Medicine tends to take a more natural approach to immunity support.

Helping your body achieve its own one-of-a-kind balance is the goal of Traditional Medicine. To that end…here are some of the best natural therapies you can try to increase your immunity in the coming months as the weather cools down.

1. Think Zinc. Zinc is actually a mineral and not a vitamin but it is vital to supporting your immune system. Add some red meat, whole grain foods and nuts like – peanuts, pine nuts, cashews and almonds. You can also take Zinc supplements, but be wary…Zinc can build up in your system so don’t overdo it. Best to get your Zinc naturally with healthy eating.

2. In Traditional Medicine white foods help to keep your lungs functioning in a healthy way. Eating horseradish, garlic and onions will all boost your lungs ability to heal and function normally. These are pungent or acrid foods as are spices so if you like it hot…you’re in luck. Remember, too, that by letting go of sadness and grief your lungs will benefit and thank you for the relief by increased functionality and stamina.

3. Essential oils are a great way to help boost your immune system. Peppermint can help boost your brain power while lavender is so relaxing for helping you sleep. Healthy sleep patterns are one of the best things you can achieve for immune support. Bergamot is brilliant for reducing stress and tea tree boosts immunity and fights infections. Jasmine aids depression and Ylang-Ylang helps headaches and nausea. The very best thing about aromatherapy? It leaves your whole house smelling as good as you’ll feel after a treatment.

4. No list would be complete without – you guessed it – Vitamin C. While citrus fruit like oranges, mandarins and lemons get all the attention – other foods are also Vitamin C powerhouses - broccoli, cauliflower, capsicum and Brussels Sprouts are rich sources. Papaya, cantaloupe, strawberries and kiwi are also good fruit sources. So eat your fruit and veggies…your immune system will love you for it.

By relying on natural sources to help keep your immune system humming along healthy and thriving you accomplish two goals. First, a strong, healthy response and first-line defence against all manner of illnesses. Second, a fantastic natural diet and exercise regimen that will strengthen your body and mind. Now…that’s a winning one-two punch!

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