This time of the year, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing dozens of ads for products to treat everything from the sniffles to a fever. Pharmaceutical companies are counting on the fact that you’re going to get ill so they can rake in the big bucks off their remedies. But what you’re not going to see in a TV ad are the natural remedies that can help you stay healthy in the first place.
Here Are 5 Powerful, Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System
- Flavor Your Food with Cayenne: Cayenne (red pepper) contains a compound called capsaicin, which can help to lower your body temperature by stimulating the cooling center in the brain. Try sprinkling it in soup, or if you can bear it, simply take a bite of this hot pepper. You will experience its therapeutic powers almost instantly.
- Avoid Sugar: Research has shown that sugar can decrease the activity of the immune system for up to five hours. For optimal immune power you need to eat a diet that gives you lean proteins, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Take Vitamin C: This key antioxidant helps support immune function by fighting free-radical damage and stimulating the production of white blood cells. Vitamin C also supports healthy joints, connective tissue, bones, and blood vessels. Since it is water-soluble you can safely take large doses of vitamin C. I recommend taking at least 2,000 mg daily with meals, in divided doses.
- Up Your Quercetin: This potent bioflavonoid helps to support healthy bronchial passages. Quercetin is found in a wide variety of foods, including red wine, grapefruit, onions, tea, and green leafy vegetables. Therapeutic doses, however, are difficult to obtain through diet alone. That is why I recommend taking it in supplement form. I recommend taking 400 mg daily.
- Boost Your Immunity with Probiotics: These critical bacteria are the “immune-boosters” of your digestive system—lining the walls of your intestines with healthy flora that crowds out bad bacteria. Look for a product that provides Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotic strains.
Now it’s your turn: Do you use any of these immune boosters?