Nutrition

Build Against The Bugs

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Build Recovery Energise: It's that time of year again. Germs are lurking around every corner. Or if it feels like running to your doctor for every sniffle, cough, or sneeze is a reasonable reaction. But trust me, neither one is the answer. One will make you miss out on all the fun stuff the season has to offer. The other could have you filling an unnecessary prescription for an antibiotic that won't do a thing to ward off the cold or flu you fear you're falling prey too. But it could do plenty to harm your gut bug balance. Fight off cold and flu germs the natural way instead. Stay healthy all winter long by building a barrier against the bugs with powerful immunity-boosting herbs, and regular exercises.

  • Garlic: It turns out the same garlic that adds a savory bite to your meals can also be used as a powerful immune booster. In fact, garlic keeps you healthy in so many ways I'd never have the space to list them all.This delicious herb can help strengthen your immune system against everything from colds to cancer, eat garlic regularly have fewer incidences of both. When cooking with garlic let it sit 10 minutes before you drop it into your dishes to boost its disease-fighting effects. Garlic is also available in tablets and capsules if you prefer to take a supplement. Ginger: ginger is best known for easing upset tummies, it turns it out it could also help fight off cold and flu bugs. Plus ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant, which means it could help you breathe easier too. Try grating some fresh ginger to make a soothing tea. Ginger is also available in oils, capsules, and extracts. Don't hide in your house this winter. Get out and live your best, exercise, healthiest, life thanks to these powerful herbs and your now iron-clad immune system.
  • Stay healthy Astragalus: This herb is what's known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens help your body combat both the emotional and physical stress that can weaken your immune system. Both kinds of stress can take a serious toll on your health wearing down your natural defenses making you vulnerable to getting sick. Plus, astragalus is packed with powerful antioxidants that help keep you healthy by protecting your body against free-radical damage. You can find this powerful cold and flu fighter in both extracts and capsules.
  • Echinacea: help combat colds or infections. And for a good reason. The herb has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, which means if you've picked up a bug, it can put you on the road to healing faster. But it turns out there's no need to wait until you're sick to take Echinacea. Taken regularly this potent plant can stimulate your body's production of infection-fighting white blood cells. And that means it can help guard you against ever getting sick in the first place. Echinacea comes in extracts, tablets, and teas.
  • Elderberry:Although traditional healers have used elderberry for centuries to boost the immune system, the research is finally starting to catch up with what they've known all along. Evidence is mounting that elderberry has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer qualities. That means you aren't just less likely to get sick when taking elderberry. Because if you do still come down with an illness, elderberry may also be able to speed up your healing. You'll find elderberry in extracts, tablets, and teas. (But never eat raw elderberry, because it can be poisonous!)
  • Eleuthero: You may know eleuthero better as Siberian ginseng. It's another adaptogen. And eleuthero can help your body ward off the stress that can make you sick. But should you still fall victim to a cold eleuthero could also help your body fight back. In double-blind studies (the most reliable type), eleuthero reduced both the length and severity of colds. You'll find this herb in extracts, capsules, and teas. Garlic: It turns out the same garlic that adds a savory bite to your meals can also be used as a powerful immune booster. In fact, garlic keeps you healthy in so many ways I'd never have the space to list them all. This delicious herb can help strengthen your immune system against everything from colds to cancer. Studies show that folks who eat garlic regularly have fewer incidences of both. When cooking with garlic let it sit 10 minutes before you drop it into your dishes to boost its disease-fighting effects. Garlic is also available in tablets and capsules if you prefer to take a supplement.