Supercharging your immunity during Pandemic.
In times of Pandemic, we all look at ways to supercharge our immunity.
Diet is extremely important to help maintaining healthy immune system functions, but so is reducing our stress levels and boosting individual nutrients, that can influence our ability to fight off a disease.
Looking at improving your diet, I have a frank approach; I always liked Dietary Guidelines from the Weston A Price Foundation.
Throughout years, I often reached out to the research published in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration for a guidance. I am open and respectful to new food trends and I support Australian Nutritional Guidelines as well.
I alway tried new superfoods, and fancy new products that emerged. However, I am pulled back to the traditional nutritional whole foods universal ideology that Weson A. Price Foundation introduced me into back in 2008. I adore their approach to spreading awareness of cooking with whole foods that are prepared at home, sourced at local food markets.
You can factor these dietary principles to any cuisines in the world; from Mediterranean, through Asian to Indian.
Possibly because of my traditional upbringing on the Polish farm gave me rather down to earth approach to nutrition. I found that Weston A Price Foundation way of eating will allow your family to stay relatively disease free in general and make sure you are strong enough to fight off viruses that may come your way.
During Pandemic times, I recommend to add immune boosting supplements and foods to your diet on a daily basis.
I’d highly recommend taking daily:
- 1 g of Vitamin C,
- 100 IU of Vitamin D3,
- 50 mg of zinc,
- Medicinal mushrooms such Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Oyster, Reishi or Shiitake Mushrooms. These are great as an addition in your cooking, or you can reach out for a powdered form available in health food stores and add them into your food. Studies show that medical mushrooms stimulate cytokines production and increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive and more effective against viruses and bacteria.
- Garlic, onions, fermented foods and drinks, as well as broccoli, turmeric and ginger, citrus fruits and manuka honey that collectively have immune system boosting properties.
Other ways to boost your immunity are:
- Regular exercise to increase endorphins levels and fight off stress.
- Meditation to relax your mind and body.
What to do when you experience symptoms of cold and flu?
- Test yourself for CONVID19 and seek a medical assistance.
- Use herbal formulas. Some great herbs are: Echinacea purpurea (echinacea) root. Olea europaea (olive) leaf, Andrographis paniculata (andrographis) leaf. Many Australian based supplement companies such as Herbs of Gold or Bioceuticals will provide you with quality products.
- Consider taking intravenous Vitamin C. You would require a script from an integrative GP and get the vitamin C administered to you in specialised IV Clinic in your local area.
A friendly reminder to all of us, what the Weston A. Price Foundation nutritional guidelines are:
1. Eat whole unprocessed foods.
2. Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
3. Eat wild fish (not farm-raised), fish eggs and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
4. Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, full-fat cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
5. Use animal fats, such as lard, tallow, egg yolks, cream and butter liberally.
6. Use only traditional vegetable oils—extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils—coconut oil.
7. Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
8. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Use vegetables in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
9. Use whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients.
10. Include enzyme-rich lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
11. Prepare homemade stocks from the bones of pastured chicken, beef and lamb fed non-GMO feed, and wild fish, and use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
12. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
13. Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
14. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
15. Use traditional sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar and stevia powder.
16. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
17. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
18. Use only natural, food-based supplements.
19. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
20. Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.