Five ways to naturally boost your immune system
As with all things in life, it is important to focus on the things that you can control. In light of recent news, we have put together a guide of five simple habits that you can adopt today to naturally support your immune system; strengthening both yourself and your community.
1. Stay hydrated. Hydration is essential in all situations. A hydrated body can eliminate toxins with ease and ensure that your lymphatic system is working at optimal capacity.
It is recommended that an adult female consumes 8 glasses of water a day. These are to be spaced out throughout the day; one glass immediately after waking up, a glass with each meal, one glass an hour before bed with the remaining 3 glasses to be enjoyed between meals.
If you find drinking so much water difficult, we suggest increasing your intake of water in other ways, such as drinking decaffeinated teas (such as rooibos, our favourite is from Niche Tea). Eating more food with high water content such as watermelons, cucumbers, celery, grapefruit, pineapples, and blueberries will also increase your intake antioxidants which once again reinforce your immune system.
2. Stay fighting fit with food. Food is the primary method of improving overall health; we truly are what we eat. Plant-based eating from organic sources is not only delicious but also the easiest method to get bioavailable nutrients into your diet. Unsurprisingly green coloured foods such as spinach, kale, greens, and broccoli have been shown to support a healthy gut, which is the ‘command centre’ of your immune system. Plant foods support your immune system’s ability to create strong white blood cells, which are your front line defense against disease.
Don’t know where to start? Our Organic Raw Moringa Oleifera Leaf Powder is the most nutrient potent green superpowder out there. So good, we call it our ‘Green Gold’. In a study by Harvard Health, they highlighted that “Five micronutrients—vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc—play roles in maintaining immune function”. They highlight the importance of getting these micronutrients via food sources. Our Organic Raw Moringa Oleifera Leaf Powder is both food sources and contains all essential micronutrients in doses; 72% NRV of Vitamin B6, 29% NRV of Vitamin C, 674% NRV of Vitamin E, 132% of Magnesium & 25%NRV of Zinc. Add 1 tspn to any food recipe that needs a nutritional boost and enjoy!
3. Practice good mental health. Fear weakens the immune system but mental attitudes such as compassion and gratitude reinforce your natural defences. Now is the time to refuse toxic talk, gossip, unsupported ‘internet facts’/fake news, competing stories and trauma bonding. Instead practice mental health activities such as kindness to yourself and others, gratitude in our situations because things can always be worse, sharing laughter and positivity with our families and to our immediate communities and, proactively seeking out the many ways in which you can be helpful to others. The humanity within us is how we have overcome all adversity against us.
4. Prioritise physical wellness, rest and hygiene. Maintaining good hygiene with yourself and your immediate surroundings doesn't have to feel like a chore with a well-curated Spotify Playlist - listen to some of our favourite tunes from the continent.And whilst you are at it, make sure you get moving and dancing because it is good for your health. Read our Winter Self care guide on how you can maximise your sleep and time at home to rest and renew yourself.
5. Focus on community. We believe in the spirit of UBUNTU - an African philosophy of humanity towards others, a celebration of the interconnectedness of people, the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. The key to sustainable African Wellness™. During this time, there is a requirement of our own humanity towards others. Check on those most vulnerable around you such as elderly neighbours who require someone to get them groceries. Be aware of your own activities if you live with someone whose health can be compromised or the caretaker of someone. Refrain from panic buying and/or purchasing more that you need as your health is dependent on the health of others too, who have the same needs. If you are not traveling or at high risk, leave the medical equipment for the hospitals who require essential equipment such as masks for surgery whilst supply chains are disrupted. Focus on buying locally and from small businesses that will be most greatly affected at this time. A beautiful bouquet from your local florist to place at your designated work-from-home spot not only keeps a small business afloat but feeds the soul, which is the greatest defense against all.
We encourage you to think of what you can do (or not do) that will ensure the strengthening of your community today, and tomorrow.