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how to boost your immune system fast

how to boost your immune system fast

If you are following along with my emails and blogs, you already know that I am fighting a cold 🙁  I feel much better today than yesterday but I am still trying to take it easy and rest.

These foods, vitamins and minerals below will prevent illness. These are items you can use daily. When you feel cold like symptoms, take each of these to help combat the germs in your body.

Here is my list of goodies:

Garlic for Healing

My dad used to eat a whole clove of garlic every night before hitting the sack. He said it helped boost his immune system. Europeans are so smart with their remedies. It so happens that garlic is called a “herbal wonder drug”. This is because garlic is a natural broad-spectrum antibiotic. It is also a powerful antioxidant helping to protect the body against free-radicals.

Oil of Oregano for Fighting Illness

Not to be confused with the spice, the oil is extracted from wild oregano plants.
It is known for:

  • destroying organisms that contribute to skin infections and digestive problems
  • strengthening the immune system
  • increasing joint and muscle flexibility
  • improving respiratory health

Vitamin C to Fight Infection

Vitamin C is one of the most well-known, cost-effective and universally beneficial antioxidants known to man. This vitamin encourages beautiful skin, helps boost the immune system and aids in the prevention of several types of cancer.  Other benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even skin wrinkling.

What can be indicators for a need for more high-vitamin C foods?

  • Poor wound healing
  • Frequent colds or infections

Excellent sources of vitamin C include: parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower,kale, mustard greens and brussels sprouts. .

Zinc for Overall Health

Zinc supplements help in decreasing the severity and duration of cold illness. It reduces the amount of pro-inflammatory cytokinesis, which is aggravated during the cold infections. This antioxidant also helps with wound healing, boosts immunity and protects against the infectious disorders and fungal infections, which includes pneumonia and conjunctivitis.

Ginseng for Stimulating the Immune System

Ginseng is the main ingredient in Cold FX that helps reduce the frequency, severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms by boosting the immune system. This herb is known for stimulating the immune and nervous system, reducing fatigue, reducing stress and anxiety and helps in treating diabetes.

Water for Nutrient Absorption and Transportation

Drinking plenty of water during an illness literally flushes the system. Water will help regulate body temperature and will transport nutrients and oxygen into the cells for healing. Water also helps organs to absorb nutrients better.

Herbal Tea

Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection and contains many antioxidants, reducing cancer, heart attack and stroke risks. Tea will also keep you hydrated.

Veggies or Greens Drinks

This is a no-brainer, but to stress the importance of vegetables, vegetables prevent illness, disease and are powerful antioxidants. Vitamins also help to neutralize the acid-base balance in the body. An acidic environment is host to many diseases due to inflammation.

==> GENESIS Super Greens <—- An excellent greens product I recommend  

There you have it – your proven formula to staying healthy, sick-free and for fight cold if you have one. What are your cold and flu remedies?

See also: Importance of Vitamin A

Join the discussion 15 Comments

  • Tracy says:

    Great article!

    When you get sick or feel a cold coming on…

    Take 1000 mg Vitamin C and 1000 mg L-Lysine 3x per day. This will put a huge boost to your immune system.

  • Anna says:

    Thanks Flavia some good tips, I’ll try to incorporate them. I’m glad your feeling better. I went to the doctor yesterday and turns out I have an upper respirator infection. I had to take Advil to get my fever of 102.8 down and now I’m having to take antibiotics. I don’t have a fever right now. I really don’t feel like eating any meat but I know I probably still need protein. I have been having some egg whites mixed with athletic greens, whey and fruit, and some plain greek yogurt with raw honey. I was able to eat 1 oz of grass fed cheese yesterday as well. Nuts really don’t sound very appetising, is it ok that I don’t eat enough fat while I’m sick? Any other food suggestion? Thanks for your great advice and help!

  • Lisa Castle says:

    I’ve been drinking at least 30mls of mangosteen juice everyday for the last 7 years and I’ve never had a cold in that time. Worst I’ve and is a sniffle and when I feel that coming on I take an extra dose or two and that fixes me up.
    Not many people have heard of it but its amazing the results people are seeing from arthritis to IBS to burns and general health and wellbeing.

  • Mona says:

    Add some coconut oil to smoothies. Lots of benefits including virus protection. This is the first year that so far have not been sick, even thought I work with sick people and co-workers. This is the only explanation I can figure as to why I’ve been able to stay well this year. (fingers crossed)

  • Angela says:

    It must be an old wives tale that the cold weather will kill all the germs. Cold doesn’t kill viruses. Heat does, right? That’s why when we’re sick, our body raises it’s temperature (ie. fever) to kill the virus. Cold only slows stuff down, but doesn’t kill it. I think in most viral cases, a fever is a good thing and you shouldn’t be chugging the advil/tylenol to reduce your fever. Your body is smarter than you are. 🙂 Those are my thoughts, anyway.

    • Flavia says:

      Thanks Angela,

      You get a fever because your body is trying to rid the body of the virus. It is only EXTREME temperatures that kill germs but bacteria grows in a warm, moist and dark places. I agree with not taking medications unless you need too. If you are feeling incredibly lowsy and an Advil softgel will help you have a bit of energy and take your headache away, why would you suffer. I don’t take any medications until it gets to the point that it is silly to suffer when you could be more productive with a single pill. I took only one the whole time I was sick and I think it may be the only one I took all year.

      Now for a fever, I like to sweat it out when I get a fever, but high fevers can be dangerous and may need some anti-emetic medications to help….ESPECIALLY in children who can have seizures and potentially suffer from brain damage due to high temps.

  • christy says:

    Hi guys. I have been out of the loop and need to get back on track. I need to lose 12 lbs and resume exercising. Do you recommend the 14 day rapid fat loss program by joel marion?

  • Jabeen says:

    Hey flavia,
    i was just wondering what kind of ginseng extract you use
    Thank you 🙂

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