I rarely become ill. Touch wood, but I can’t remember last time I was in bed with a flu.
My strategy is to feed my immune system with vitamins and antioxidants on a daily basis, so it is always strong to fight virus, bacterias and other nasty things.
As soon as I feel a cold coming on I reinforce my defense with the following super foods.
It is considered one of nature's most complete nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), free amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.
See how this incredible food can help you when you are feeling under the weather:
- Immune System Booster - Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. It's also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
- Respiratory System - Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.
- Energy Enhancer - The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.
I like to have a teaspoon in my tea or porridge everyday.
It’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu. Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest.
See how this popular root will spice up your cold:
- Reduce Pain and Inflammation - Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.
- Fights Respiratory Problems - Get rid of throat and nose congestion, when you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.
- Warm you from the inside - promotes perspiration which helps eliminating toxins
I have it every morning in my green juice
Not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it's harvested. Some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush and it has the highest concentration of antibacterial compounds.
To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."
See how this sweet nectar will easy what is bugging you:
- Natural Antibiotic - Honey fights infections on multiple levels and doesn't promote resistant bacteria and breaks up bacteria by destroying its modes of communication
- Immune System Booster - It's an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.
- Anti-Inflammatory Action: Manuka honey is exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments, it improves chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
I use honey as a general replacement for sugar.
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